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Military Eyes New Mini-Nukes for 21st-Century Deterrence

August 7, 2017 The future of nuclear weapons might not be huge and mega destructive but smaller, tactical, and frighteningly, more common. The U.S. Air Force is investigating more options for “variable yield” bombs — nukes that can be dialed down to blow up an area as small as a neighborhood, or dialed...

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Army Boosts Spending on Genetically Engineered Spider Silk for Body Armor, Underwear

August 4, 2017 The U.S. Army is upping its investment in genetically engineered spider silk for body armor. Last year, the service paid almost $100,000 to Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, which makes spider silk that can be produced at scale — with silkworms. On Wednesday, the company announced that the Army will move to...

US Military Eyes New Mini-Nukes for 21st-Century Deterrence

August 3, 2017 The future of nuclear weapons might not be huge and mega destructive but smaller, tactical, and frighteningly, more common. The U.S. Air Force is investigating more options for “variable yield” bombs — nukes that can be dialed down to blow up an area as small as a neighborhood, or dialed...

The US Navy’s Railgun Breakthrough Could Change Energy Storage

August 2, 2017 The U.S. Navy’s shipboard railgun is moving from the lab to the testing range, a big step for a weapon designed to fire massive bullets at hypersonic speeds. But a separate breakthrough in electrical pulse generation — capacitors that provide a bigger jolt in a smaller package — that may...

US Army Boosts Spending on Genetically Engineered Spider Silk for Body Armor, Underwear

August 2, 2017 The U.S. Army is upping its investment in genetically engineered spider silk for body armor. Last year, the service paid almost $100,000 to Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, which makes spider silk that can be produced at scale — with silkworms. On Wednesday, the company announced that the Army will move to...

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North Korea's Latest Launch Spurs U.S. Missile Tests, Flyovers

July 31, 2017 Following news that the North Korean regime had conducted a test of what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile the United States military quickly responded with its own test to show that they could strike “deep in the heart” of the North Korean regime; the Air Force buzzed the...

North Korea's Latest Launch Spurs U.S. Missile Tests, Flyovers

July 30, 2017 Following news that the North Korean regime had conducted a test of what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile the United States military quickly responded with its own test to show that they could strike “deep in the heart” of the North Korean regime; the Air Force buzzed the...

US Air Force Wants Robots Watching Twitter

July 28, 2017 Asked on Wednesday what he wants out of artificial intelligence, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein recounted a recent visit to the New York offices of Bloomberg, [the media and software company’s] offices in New York. When a Bloomberg technician showed off some proprietary search engine software, the...

Flow of Foreign Fighters to ISIS Stopped, Trump Tactics Working, McGurk Says

July 27, 2017 The flow of foreign fighters trying to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria has stopped completely. “They can’t get in now and the foreign fighters that did get in, they will die in Iraq and Syria” according to the top U.S. official coordinating the international fight against the terrorist organization....

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Air Force Wants Robots Watching Twitter

July 27, 2017 Asked on Wednesday what he wants out of artificial intelligence, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein recounted a recent visit to the New York offices of Bloomberg, [the media and software company’s] offices in New York. When a Bloomberg technician showed off some proprietary search engine software, the...