Video Compares the Size of Science Fiction Starships

Science-fiction is fun because physics and lack of technology aren’t constraints. You can create any building or vehicle you can imagine, no matter how big or fast. Just as important though is that you don’t have to worry about tedious things like budgets or having enough building materials. And when you’re free to make anything you want, no matter how ludicrous, you can get really, really outrageous. But as this new size comparison video shows, even when you think you’ve dreamed up something so enormous it defies belief, someone else has made something even more ridiculous.

And that something is Ringworld.

The fantastic YouTube channel MetaBallStudios from Álvaro Gracia Montoya is back with another size comparison video. Previously he’s shown us the difference in scope between fictional vehicles and aircraft. This latest one is an extra long, updated version of different fictional starships. It might also be his most

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8 weird DARPA projects that make science fiction seem like real life

The agency responsible for the internet, GPS and stealth aircraft has produced a whole lot of weird in the 62 years since its foundation.

For every one of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s wild successes, there seem to be a plethora of wild failures – projects like mechanical elephants or telepathy research. What makes DARPA so unique is its ability to go outside the red tape of bureaucracy to innovate. DARPA isn’t subject to the same acquisition rules as other agencies, which means it has fewer restrictions on the scientists and innovators it can hire and the salaries it can offer.

The agency also has fewer financial limitations, enabling it to invest in longshot projects with the hopes they’ll pay off – they’re basically the military’s innovative venture capitalists.

Here are some of the more interesting projects to come out of DARPA’s “high-risk, high-reward” environment.

1. Plant-eating robots

Perhaps

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