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The Greatest 17 Seconds You’ll Ever Star Wars in the Snow

The Greatest 17 Seconds You’ll Ever Star Wars in the Snow

I was really pumped up to find this particular video posted right up at the top of the official Star Wars blog (and yes, I am the only fellow on our whole crew who has such a feed in my reader,) right up there at the top, was a post called Minnesota Trench Run. I live in Minnesota, and this winter has been miraculously snowy, so it was a fabulously warm and fuzzy moment finding this clip. One guy, Mike Nelson, filmed the clip, and another guy, FX artist Aaron Dabelow added the X-Wing.

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GPS Backpack for Dogs Created by Auburn University’s Canine Detection Research Institute

GPS Backpack for Dogs Created by Auburn University’s Canine Detection Research Institute

While robots are taking a major role in today's military scheme of things, there are always other options. Namely, animals. Simply put, a dog can get into places that a robot can't, and given the right method of controlling them, can be a lot more help than, say, a limited machine. That's where this backpack design comes into play. Designed within the walls of Auburn University's Canine Detection Research Institute, it's a backpack that puts a lot of features into a small space, all in the hopes of being able to guide a dog into a situation remotely.

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Doctors in Germany Create Swallowable, Remote-Controlled Stomach Submarine

Doctors in Germany Create Swallowable, Remote-Controlled Stomach Submarine

Right now, doctors only have a couple of choices when it comes to looking into the human body. Trying to discover a person's ailment in their intestines is tough, as it usually means that an endoscopy has to happen. Inputting a camera, connected to a long cable, down someone's throat isn't always what a patient is looking forward to, and the alternative isn't any better. And while capsules with cameras in them exist today, it's hard for doctors to see what's happening inside, as the movement is controlled by the person's innards. But, doctor's from Germany are looking to change that with a new remote-controlled capsule that can be swallowed.

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Road Train Technology Undergoes First Real World Testing, Proves Successful

Road Train Technology Undergoes First Real World Testing, Proves Successful

Volvo has recently tested new technology that will allow for cars to automatically sync up with a lead driver, and be part of an semi-autonomous convoy. Titled "road train technology," it's designed to allow drivers to sync up with a lead vehicle, and allow their car to take over for the most part. The tests were conducted on Volvo's test tracks in Sweden, and the company (and testers) have officially labeled the first real world tests as a success.

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Chase 2053 Concept Car Features Hydrogen Engines

Chase 2053 Concept Car Features Hydrogen Engines

Most concepts won't become reality. It's a sad truth, but one nonetheless. In the case of the Chase 2053 concept car, it may have a chance at becoming a reality. Not because of the technology inside, but because the designer, Thomas Larsen Røed, has allowed plenty of time for this idea to get passed around amongst those who might make it a reality some day. 2053 isn't around the corner, and that could be the singular hope for this vehicle to make it to production lines in the future.

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François Vogel Previews Device That Syncs Your Blinks to a Monitor for 3D Viewing [Video]

François Vogel Previews Device That Syncs Your Blinks to a Monitor for 3D Viewing [Video]

François Vogel is a visual artist that hates 3D. And while the debate about 3D being the next step of entertainment is still a hotly-debated topic, the consensus that most people don't want to wear 3D glasses to watch 3D entertainment seems pretty straight forward: they don't want to wear them. Vogel doesn't want to wear them, either, and so he's created a gadget that gets around the glasses by actually syncing your blinks to a monitor. The device attaches to the sides of your eyes, and then makes you blink when necessary.

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Scientist Aims to Bring a Woolly Mammoth to Life by 2016

Scientist Aims to Bring a Woolly Mammoth to Life by 2016

This wouldn't be the first time that a scientist, and a relatively huge team, have tried to bring back an extinct animal. Furthermore, it isn't the first time that a Woolly Mammoth has been the extinct animal of choice. But for one scientist, those previous attempts mean nothing, because within the next five years, Dr. Akira Iritani wholeheartedly believes that he can bring back the giant animal.

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HP Ready to Ship a Dick Tracy Wristwatch to the US Army Later This Year

HP Ready to Ship a Dick Tracy Wristwatch to the US Army Later This Year

While we've seen plenty of devices that look like a small wristwatch with technology that's certainly not limited to just a watch, it's still not that infamous Dick Tracy watch that so many people want on their wrist. According to a new report from Mercury News, Hewlett-Packard (HP) is ready to move their prototype flexible display technology to the next level, and offer up a prototype "Dick Tracy wristwatch" to the United States Army.

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Yacht Concept Shows That Huge Boats Can Fly [Video]

Yacht Concept Shows That Huge Boats Can Fly [Video]

Yachts are generally a good way for a concept to become reality. There's generally enough money being tossed around at any given moment on a yacht that, say, including an iPad-controlled thermostat (and many other functions) just seems logical, and not superfluous. But, there's a line where you have to look at a design, especially for something like a yacht, and just shake your head. Perhaps even roll up the plans, and start working on something else. For designer Phil Pauley, having a dream is one thing -- but making it a reality is something entirely different.

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NASA Showcases Airplane Designs for 2025

NASA Showcases Airplane Designs for 2025

With technology becoming more advanced every day, and even the way we build our vehicles getting better at a rapid rate, it's no surprise to see some of the designs for what the future of airplanes may look like. NASA issued a request to Boeing, Northrop Gurmman, and Lockheed Martin to design what the airplanes of 2025 may look like, and all of the manufacturers came back with their own take on what the future of flight may look like.

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