In Pictures: The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2014 (so far!)

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency today embarked on it plan to build a super vertical take off and landing or VTOL aircraft that can fly fast and carry a big load. DARPA said it has awarded Phase 1 of anticipated three phase award contracts to Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation; The Boeing Company; Karem Aircraft; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation to begin developing the VTOL X-Plane which is expected to fly in the neighborhood of 460 MPH and carry some 12.5% of its gross weight in cargo. The plane's gross weight should come in between 10,000 and 12,000 pounds, DARPA stated.

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