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    Russian Mobile Nuclear Power Plants

    Not many know, but Russian engineers have constructed the mobile nuclear power plants that were sucessfully used in distant parts of Russia. These were small sized self moving fully functional atomic power plants with a small reactor inside. Just imagine, small nuclear power plants that could reach the destination points by themselves. There were two basic models - tracked and on regular wheels.

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    I always thought this thing was pretty awesome:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagger_288

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    I see this thread becoming a massive source of inspiration.






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    I'd nominate the English Electric Lightning.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Electric_Lightning
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    Looks like a typically pointy 60s jet fighter yeah?
    In British Airways trials in April 1985, Concorde was offered as a target to NATO fighters including F-15s, F-16s, F-14s, Mirages, F-104s - but only Lightning XR749, flown by Mike Hale and described by him as "a very hot ship, even for a Lightning", managed to overtake Concorde on a stern conversion intercept
    The mad part is that the first operational lightning was delivered in 1959, all the opposition are still in daily use today.
    The pinnacles of modern aerial might failed to get within range of a 1960s passenger plane..Old school pointy interceptor did it though.
    Basically a rocket, with smaller guided rockets attached.
    Hit the gas too hard and you come down with a permanently surprised expression.

    Totally impractical in a modern environment but they'd have torn shit up 10 years earlier. Or exploded and killed everyone, whichever came first.

    That post war thing threw out some mad plane designs, some of which are finally flying now.
    It's good that the cold war chilled out and we weren't all reduced to radioactive charcoal, but man we had some sci fi stuff on the drawing board back then..

    /plane nerd

    Also, intimidate your neighbours with inflatable armies. I want an AT-AT.
    http://englishrussia.com/?p=2025

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    Back in the day, they used to prop dead guys up with sticks, this is progress people.

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    That second thing.... is HUUUUUGE
    I've never seen anything like it

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    It's the worlds biggest coal digger I think.
    Way more efficient than poor people with pickaxes.

    It would also make a really scary Transformer.

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    one of those things that forces you to ask some questions about our humanity:



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    shit's kinda creepy..

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    Yet, none of that would be possible without this.



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    My favorite bizarre project from the 60's was 'Project Pluto'. A nuclear-powered ramjet rocket that was designed to fly across the soviet union dropping nuclear bombs while it traveled at super sonic speeds. Eventually this lil' guy would crash into the ground as, essentially, a flying nuclear reactor spreading radioactive debris for miles. Truly chilling shit.



    You can read about it here
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pluto

    and more about nuclear-powered rocket projects here
    http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008...omic-bomb.html

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    3D Scanners and Printers! Not much to look at, but it's the sexiest art related advancement for me anyway.

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    I wish I still had the picture of it, it was on my old cell phone. Anyone who's been in the military knows parts get shipped in with descriptive, sometimes criptic labels such as "wrench, socket, 1/2"

    As I was inventorying parts I once came across an interesting item description "Wrench, WTF"

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    Nice stuff! I have a few photographs myself. For the first, I have absolutely no idea what it is, but it looks interesting. The second one is a 19th century 'camera rifle', which takes 'shooting photographs' very literally. The rest are some weird tanks and armoured trains cooked up somewhere during the first world war, and finally the new 'Chariot' lunar vehicle, which is developed by NASA.

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    If this image doesn't work the link is here: http://s.ngm.com/2010/01/bionics/img/bionics-615.jpg


    Neuro-prosthetic arm. If you haven't read National Geographics Bionic Age article... Do it!

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    These are so awesome. Mulitchannel pipettes... let you work 16 times faster. I want one!



    And these are fun, too... Vortex mixers.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Yngling View Post
    Nice stuff! I have a few photographs myself. For the first, I have absolutely no idea what it is, but it looks interesting
    maybe the underground mechanical part of those track spinning things theyve got in the warehouses they store locomotives in?

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    I know I want one.




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