This Week's Most Viral Tech Stories


We write a lot of articles here at HuffPost, and you can be forgiven for missing a few. Here's five of our most popular Tech articles this week:

The Slow-Mo Guys are popular for a reason - we love to see things doing weird stuff in slow motion.

According to the guys a CD's critical spin rate is around 23,000rpm, so to test that they naturally took the motor from a Dyson which can spin at up to 80,000rpm. And they went for it.

The disks warped and splintered into hundreds of pieces, creating a weirdly beautiful slow motion film.

Hidden away in the far reaches of Google Earth are places that to you and us are simple blocks of pixellated colour, there are no hills, lakes, or forests.

The reason? They've been censored. Whether they're top secret government airfields, non-recognised land masses or spy training facilities they've all been given the same protection from well, us.

In many cases Google isn't actually obliged to censor the locations, especially if they're from publicly available source material, however in some very rare cases the tech giant will intervene and lay down the pixellated map of secrecy.

If you spot a UFO what's the first thing you do? You try and film it, obviously. What's the second thing you do? Well you try and get someone to come and watch it with you so you're not going completely mad.

It would seem the people who shot this video in North Carolina do things a little differently. The video shows what appear to be two glowing 'orbs' floating in the sky while those filming attempt to fire high-powered laser pointers at them.

Now it goes without saying that this is a monumentally bad idea anyway, not least because even if it's not a UFO then it's probably an aircraft and firing a laser pointer at an aircraft is understandably a criminal offence.

Is there a more iconic bike than the Light Cycle from 'Tron'? Car enthusiasts Paul Andrews and his son Chris certainly don't think so which is precisely why they had one custom built.

This stunning electric bike was built specially for the pair, using a 96V direct drive electric motor, lithium batteries and computer-controlled steering.

Sadly the Sotheby's auction page neglects to mention if the bike is road legal, but then we'll assume that you just have the land available if you're even considering it as a purchase.

So just how much will it set you back? Well the Andrews Light Cycle is starting at around $25,000 and thanks to a 'no reserve' listing, there's no telling how high it'll go.

This is it folks. Star Wars is becoming real. It's what we've always dreamed of.

The patent filed would basically protect vehicles from the shockwaves of bomb blasts by rapidly heating the air around the target, which 'changes its temperature, density and composition', effectively creating a buffer between the shockwave and the intended target.

The patent is incredibly comprehensive, covering all manner of different deployment options from using laser beams, microwaves or even electrical currents to change the air's composition.

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