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The US Navy’s new electromagnetic railgun can fire a shell at seven times the speed of sound, and it could be installed on a stealth warship by 2018. Researchers describe the technology as Star Wars-like, since it can fire a 10kg shell at speeds up to 5,400mph over 100-miles with extreme accuracy. What does this mean? Destroying three concrete walls or six half-inch thick steel plates with ease. The electromagnetic Lorenz Force enables the gun to accelerate a projectile between two rails that conduct electricity, before launching it at ferocious speed, firing it further than conventional guns and maintaining enough kinetic energy to inflict massive damage. Click here to view the firsat image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a cool Star Wars Episode 8 announcement.