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This Huge Camera Rig Was the Howitzer of Early Action Photography

Photojournalism has come a long way in the last 65 years. Back in the first half of the 20th century, photographers looking to capture the fast action of car races and baseball games were forced to shoot with enormous camera contraptions like this Graflex "Big Bertha" large format press camera. But the pictures it captured were spectacular. Read More >>

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The Utility Truck Can Exterminate a Pothole Every 120 Seconds

Getting  work crews out to patch roads is sometimes more trouble than its worth. It snarls traffic for hours at a time, costs councils hundreds of thousands of pounds annually, and typically only fixes the problem for a short time. But this gravel-blasting utility truck aims to make the permanent patch process faster than firing a gunstick. Read More >>

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What Your Poo is Trying to Tell You

What the hell is that? Seriously, did that just come out of you or did it crawl up the pipe? If you've just exorcised a poo that looks nothing like what you've eaten recently, it could be a sign of a serious illness. It could also just be that curry from last Wednesday, so it's good to know what to look for. Read More >>

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This Sci-Fi Helmet Could Give Firefighters Predator Thermal Vision

When firefighters have to enter a burning building, much of their job still involves blindly feeling their way through dense plumes of toxic fumes in search of those trapped inside. However, a novel new helmet design could one day give firefighters the ability to see through the smoke and hear beyond the roar of the flames. Read More >>

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This Bionic Ankle Walks Like it's Alive

The human lower leg is a marvel of biological engineering—it lets you have a long, strong stride while minimising exertion and joint strain. But conventional spring and hydraulically-driven prosthesis worn by amputees offer no such benefit and can cause osteoarthritis-inducing skeletal strains. The BiOM T2 system aims to rectify that. Read More >>

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Northrop's Flying Ram Would Have Sliced Enemy Planes in Midair

War drives technological innovation like little else. No proposal is too ambitious, impractical, or downright foolhardy for consideration if it provides a strategic advantage. This school of thinking has led to atomic bombs, autonomous vehicles, and, in 1945, a short-lived fighter prototype that could cut through enemy aircraft in midair. Read More >>

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Seven Ingenious Trains That Slide Up the Slopes So You Don't Have To

Walk? Like up that giant hill? Yeah, no. This ain't the 15th century, we have funiculars for that now. In fact, here are seven of the swankiest ground-based gondolas to ever put the "fun" in "climbing steep-ass inclines without breaking a sweat". Read More >>

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The Future of Interstellar Communication Goes "Pew, Pew, Pew"

It's no subspace transceiver but this prototype communicator bound for the ISS could revolutionise how we share data over the vast expanses of solar space. It will deliver Gigabit speeds through deep space. Read More >>

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How We Could Save the World From Global Warming Before Our Time is Up

We've blown our chances of fully counteracting the effects of climate change; recently-released reports from the International Energy Agency and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) provide plenty of evidence. But all hope is not yet lost, we've still got a small chance to keep from irreversibly poisoning our atmosphere. Here's what the world's governments must do to save the Earth before we cook ourselves clean off the face of the planet. Read More >>

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OSIRIS-REx Wants to Lasso an Asteroid to Explain Life on Earth

NASA has a plan to better explore how our own local star system, and life within it, got started. It wants to intercept, study, and sample a passing asteroid. The only thing more impressive than this mission's astronomical level of precision is how the space agency somehow shoehorned "Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer" into a functional acronym. Read More >>

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This Indigenous Iranian UAV is the Poor Man's Predator Drone

Iran's previous attempts at creating an indigenous UAV fleet have been rather, well, comical. However, with recent sightings of a this medium-altitude, long-endurance flyer in the skies over Damascus, Iran's drone program may have finally reached the big time. Read More >>

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Shooting Down a Tiny Drone is Nearly Impossible, Even With Machine Guns

I turns out, those drone hunting permits that Colorado wisely declined to issue earlier this year man not have done much good anyway. As this video shows, hitting a drone on the wing is really, really hard. Even if you bring fully automatic weapons to the party. Read More >>

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Ah, Looks Like the Acid's Finally Kicking In

David Lynch, famed director of iconic Hollywood films like Eraserhead and Dune, is also a kickass musician. Here, he's put his madleet remixing skills to work, reimagining Ultraísta's afrobeat-infused electronica single, "Strange Formula." He didn't touch the video though, it was that psychedelic when he got there. Read More >>

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Spray-Painting Graffiti Drone Not Nearly as Effective as You'd Think

Robots may be taking our jobs throughout agriculture and industry, but the the duty of defacing architecture is likely to remain in the hands of humans for the immediate future if this semi-autonomous spray-paint drone is any evidence. Read More >>

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This 80 MPH Badger Fits in the Belly of an Osprey

US ground forces are about to get an awesome new whip from Boeing's Phantom Works: a petite combat support vehicle combining power, speed, and all-terrain traction to deliver soldiers to just about anywhere on Earth—without all the hiking. Read More >>

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This Oculus Rift-Powered Light Cycle Sim is the Ultimate Arcade Game

The Oculus Rift hasn't even made it out of beta testing and it's already changing the world for the better—at least for one dedicated developer. He's integrated one into an incredible, full-scale Tron: Legacy light cycle replica. Strap on a headset and hop aboard, we're going racing. Read More >>

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