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Future Planes Could Run on Fuel Made from Sunlight

April 29, 2014 The cost of fuel is no small barrier to running the world's largest military. Among the alternative options, solar power just doesn't provide the energy density or the reliability for heavy, high-energy demand performance machines. But that doesn't mean you can't run an F-35 off of sunlight, in a way....

Why Ukraine Has Already Lost The Cyberwar, Too

April 28, 2014 Don’t wait for cyberwar between Ukraine and Russia to break out ahead of the actual shooting. Ukraine already lost that, too. Russia may have unfettered access into the Ukrainian telecommunication systems according to several experts. It’s access that Russia can use to watch Ukrainian opposition leadership, or, in the event...

The Secret Weapon in the War on Poaching...and Terrorism

April 28, 2014 “Drones Fight Poachers" has an undeniable sexiness to it as a news narrative. Who doesn’t want to read about flying killer robots battling machete-wielding criminals chasing innocent animals on the wild African plains? The instant appeal of a high-tech solution to a pervasive low-tech problem is also why Silicon Valley...

The Next Step Toward Autopilot in Combat

April 23, 2014 Flying military combat aircraft requires an exceptional amount of decision making in a very short window with lots of distractions. Now, the Defense Department wants the defense industry to build them much better autopilot. The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, or DARPA, announced a new program to build an automatic...

Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising

April 17, 2014 In the movie Transcendence, which opens in theaters on Friday, a sentient computer program embarks on a relentless quest for power, nearly destroying humanity in the process. The film is science fiction but a computer scientist and entrepreneur Steven Omohundro says that “anti-social” artificial intelligence in the future is not...

The Science of Unmasking Russian Forces in Ukraine

April 16, 2014 Every day, the scene playing out along the Ukrainian border with Russia seems like an act of costumed theater. Russian protestors wearing balaclavas, or ski masks, armed with military-grade weapons, attempt to take over government buildings by force. The question of who is behind the masks has risen to a...

How the Internet Could Have Predicted the Invasion of Ukraine

April 14, 2014 In the buildup to the annexation of Crimea, Russian forces surprised many in Washington by maintaining strict radio silence. The United States was caught off guard in its inability to intercept Russian military communications, suggesting a failure of official intelligence, but also a new opportunity for public intelligence. Using data,...

The Navy Just Turned Seawater Into Jet Fuel

April 10, 2014 Announcing a major breakthrough, Navy researchers for the first time have converted seawater into CO2 and hydrogen, which could be used to produce jet fuel within a decade. In the next seven to ten years, the military will be able to run jets, ships, and other vehicles on a fuel...

Could Big Data Have Prevented the Fort Hood Shooting?

April 9, 2014 The federal government stopped funding a medical data screening program last year that researchers say might have prevented the Fort Hood shooting. Had Army Spec. Ivan Lopez been enrolled in the Durkheim Program, which uses an algorithm that mines social media posts for indicators of suicidal behavior, it might have...

New Piloting System for Drone Cargo Helicopters Passes Test Flight

April 8, 2014 The Navy just successfully tested two unmanned cargo helicopter piloting systems that will make it easier to replenish troops with food and ammunition in dangerous conditions on the battlefield without endangering lives. The chief of the Naval Research Office, Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, said its experimental drone helicopter program passed...