Research & Development

DIU’s First 5G Experiment Could Be a Game-Changer for First Responders

The Defense Innovation Unit is prototyping portable—and wearable—networking tools with the California National Guard so they can connect anywhere.

To Make the Most of Exoskeletons, Training Really Matters

With practice, wearers might forget they're getting help.

Experts Call for a U.S. National Technology Strategy as Competition Heats Up with China

There’s much to be considered as ‘what could be one of the most disruptive periods in human history’ approaches.

GAO Study Stresses Need for Steady Funding of Quantum Tech

A report highlights the risks and benefits of federal investment in quantum computing and other technologies, but stresses collaboration and steady funding. 

DIY 'Smart' White Cane Works Like a Self-Driving Car

The cane uses a LIDAR sensor to measure distance to nearby obstacles and then directs users around those areas.

Directed Energy Weapons Shoot Painful but Non-Lethal Beams – Are Similar Weapons Behind the Havana Syndrome?

In 2020, a study on Havana syndrome by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concluded that the more than 130 victims experienced some real physical phenomena.

DOD Funds HBCUs to Advance Biotechnology and Materials Science Research

New Centers of Excellence will house an array of future-facing studies.

How NIH’s Research-Driving, Centralized Hub for COVID-19 Patient Data is Evolving

Scientists are drawing insights via an enclave of patient records from 7.6 million individuals.

Air Force Looks to Kaiju for Advanced Anti-Aircraft Countermeasures

Project Kaiju—expected in January—will include nine efforts named after famous giant monsters.

Army Researchers Turn to DOD Supercomputers to Digitally Twin Gas Turbine Engine

It could lead to “disruptive new engine designs,” an engineer involved said.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot Raises Serious Concerns – but Probably Not the Ones You Think

The Tesla Bot comes with a whole portfolio of risks that are hard to quantify and easy to overlook and yet inevitably end up tripping up innovators.

Scientists Are Using New Satellite Tech to Find Glow-in-the-Dark Milky Seas of Maritime Lore

For centuries, sailors have told tales of huge swaths of ocean glowing on dark nights.

These 3 Energy Storage Technologies Can Help Solve the Challenge of Moving to 100% Renewable Electricity

Energy storage can make facilities like solar farms more profitable by letting them store power for cloudy days.

Critical Update: When Seeing No Longer Means Believing, What’s a Government to Do?

Agencies and lawmakers are moving to combat deepfakes and other synthetic media used as powerful tools in disinformation campaigns.