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Five Things You Can Buy For An F-35

November 11, 2014 The​ F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive military weapons program in human history. But what does that mean? If you factor in the full cost of maintaining a fleet of aircraft for 56 years, the price of an individual fighter is more than $670 million. That’s literally worth...

The Cyborg Medicine of Tomorrow Is Inside the Veteran of Today

November 10, 2014 Super strong mechanical appendages and brain implants are common fixtures of a science-fictional future. More and more, American veterans are arriving at that future before the rest of us. As a result of military-funded programs, vets are becoming the research platform for cybernetic technologies that are decades beyond commercial state...

The Military Wants New Technologies To Fight Drones

November 6, 2014 At the end of October, the Pentagon put out a request for information, or RFI, for new technologies “countering” commercial drones that are armed with chemical, biological, or massively destructive weapons. Specifically, the request asks for ideas on “emerging technologies, technical applications and their potential to counter a low-cost, small/man...

Are the Night Vision Goggles Used in the Bin Laden Raid Really Classified?

November 3, 2014 Matt Bissonette, the former Navy SEAL in hot water for writing a book about the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is accused of disclosing classified information about special night vision goggles worn during the operation. But are the high-tech goggles really classified? Among the said-to-be-classified items referenced...

Making Robot Steering More Like Call of Duty Could Save Lives

October 31, 2014 A team from Sweden was able to greatly improve the ability of operators to perform tasks with remotely piloted emergency robots by making the bots steer less like tanks and more like a first-person shooter video game like Call of Duty. It’s a small change that could save lives in...

Major Cyber Attack Will Cause Significant Loss of Life By 2025, Experts Predict

October 29, 2014 A major cyber attack will happen between now and 2025 and it will be large enough to cause “significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft at the levels of tens of billions of dollars,” according to more than 60 percent of technology experts interviewed by the Pew Internet and American...

The Military’s Ebola Screening Machine Just Got Approved for US Hospitals

October 27, 2014 Rapidly screening for Ebola at U.S. hospitals has just gotten easier thanks, in part, to military-funded research. Salt Lake City-based BioFire announced over the weekend that they had received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for hospital workers to use the Bio-Threat E array (a special kit)...

Can This Drone Bring Peace to Ukraine?

October 24, 2014 A special drone is about to take flight over Ukraine—a peace drone. The unmanned aircraft will monitor movements of pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces, working to ensure that they are living up to commitments made in the Sept. 5 Minsk ceasefire agreement (the so-called Minsk Protocol). If the drone’s operators...

Here’s What the Next Brain Implant Will Be Made Of

October 22, 2014 Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, have created a new type of brain chip made of graphene that could bring futuristic brain implants much closer to reality. If you haven’t heard of graphene, you aren’t alone. In 2010, Andre Geim...

Here Are Some Robots We Could Use To Fight Ebola in Africa

October 21, 2014 Keeping travel lanes to Ebola-hit West Africa open is essential to fighting the outbreak, argues Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. The U.S. military has already mobilized more than 3,500 troops to the region, and an international assortment of healthcare workers also heads...