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British Engineer Builds World’s Largest Rideable Hexapod Robot Inspired by Star Wars

A big Star Wars fan since childhood, Matt Denton is now a Guinness World Record holder!

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Growing up as a kid, Matt Denton has always been a Star Wars fan – and he’s particularly fascinated with the AT-ATs. Since their introduction in The Empire Strikes Back, the massive walking machine has become one of the most iconic vehicles featured in the beloved sci-fi franchise.

Now an engineer by profession, Matt has managed to score a Guinness record after building the world’s largest rideable hexapod robot – a creation that’s been largely based on the Star Wars walkers.

Source: Guinness

Although way smaller in size compared with an actual AT-AT, Matt’s hexapod is the largest of its kind in the world right now. The rideable robot he calls Mantis measures 9ft 2in x 16ft 4in and weighs around 2 tons.

According to a Guinness feature, Matt has built “around 20 smaller walking machine models” and he’s mostly been sharing about them on the web. He has since sparked some attention and one of his creations ended up in a Harry Potter film.

Source: Guinness

Eventually, his tech genius was also tapped by director J.J. Abrams when he was hired to work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He eventually “won an award for his work on the BB8 robot,” wrote Guinness.

Matt later shared:

“My younger self, there is no way that they could believe it, that I would end up working on a film and building a giant walking machine!”

Source: LucasFilm

Aside from Star Wars, Matt admits LEGO has also been a big influence in his work.

He said:

“LEGO Technic sets… fired up my imagination as a child. I probably wouldn’t be doing what I do now without them.”

Source: Guinness

As for his world record, the British engineer enthusiastically beamed:

“It’s amazing to be in the Guinness World Records book – it’s fascinating! To have that title is fantastic.”

Watch the video here to see the Mantis in action:

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China Develops Laser Rifles That Can Set A Whole Person On Fire In Seconds

Flamethrowers are so last summer.

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China may have found a more discreet way to set a whole person on fire. The country has reportedly developed special laser rifles that produce an energy beam that can zap an enemy from half a mile away. Interestingly, the weapon, which is like a laser version of a flamethrower, is said to be "non-lethal" despite its shocking effects.

Researchers involved in the project confirmed several details about the ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle. According to the scientists, the weapon's energy beam cannot be detected by the human eye. Nevertheless, the laser rifles are capable of causing “instant carbonization” of human skin and tissues.

The ZKZM-500 can set an enemy on fire even from almost a kilometer away.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Liquids In The World

#8 is a huge surprise!

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Some of the best things in the world are understandably expensive. Unfortunately, most of these pricey items are also important in healthcare. There are several liquids around the world that have proven to be extremely precious yet have a great potential in saving many lives.

Some liquids are simply pricey because of their rarity. However, a few of these elixirs are also considered precious because of the way they are manufactured. Here are the 10 most expensive liquids in the world.

10. Human Blood (Price: $1,500 per gallon)

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Feminists Are Upset That Apple’s New iPhones Are ‘Too Big’ For Women’s Hands

Apple has got some explaining to do.

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Apple launches its three new iPhones but also revealed that they will no longer continue the iPhone SE, which is known for its smaller screen. This upgrade in size has seen Apple criticized by feminist activists who claim that the new model is too big for women.

They argue that women have smaller hands and the new phones would not be as comfortable for them compared to the iPhone SE, which is now being discontinued. Female rights and equality activist Caroline Criado Perez decided to share her concerns regarding the matter on Twitter.

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