Cool photo of a paratrooper makes it look like he's surfing an airplane

The angle of this photo of a paratrooper making a jump off a C-130 airplane is so perfect that it makes it seem like the soldier is using the Hercules aircraft as a surfboard of sorts. Obviously, he’s not standing on the plane (it’s just our perspective fooling us, or just me) but man, riding an airplane while outside… » 4/23/15 11:41pm Thursday 11:41pm

LSD and a Top-Secret Army Experiment's Trip to the Supreme Court

Seventy-two years ago today, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann discovered the psychedelic properties of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). A powerful hallucinogen, LSD gained prominence twenty years later when counterculture figures such as Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey popularized its use as a recreational drug. But not… » 4/16/15 7:40pm 4/16/15 7:40pm

The Army's Developing a Crash Test Dummy to Measure Explosive Shockwaves

The automotive industry has developed some of the most sophisticated crash test dummies in the world for testing and improving a vehicle’s ability to protect its passengers in the event of an accident. However, when that vehicle is designed to protect its passengers from explosions, the U.S. Military decided it needed… » 4/13/15 9:25am 4/13/15 9:25am

A Teenage Hacker Ring Stole $100 Million in Army and Xbox Tech

The U.S. Department of Justice just charged a group of four young hackers with a doozie of a crime. They're accused of breaking into both Microsoft and U.S. Army servers and stealing $100 million worth of everything from unreleased games to military training software. Two of the hackers have already pleaded guilty. » 9/30/14 4:00pm 9/30/14 4:00pm

How Close Are We to a Real Iron Man Suit?

If we are just talking about an armored suit that augments a human's strength and weaponry, then we're extremely close. But if we're talking about something with all of the primary abilities of Iron Man's character (i.e. flight, clean infinite power, and repulsor beams), that may never become a reality. The current… » 9/19/14 2:03pm 9/19/14 2:03pm

Soldiers Describe How DARPA Smartphones Save Lives in Battle

The average pedestrian walks around with more sophisticated navigation and communication technology in his pocket than our soldiers have on the battlefield. That's why the military is working hard on developing a battle-ready smartphone that would bring our troops up to speed. According to the soldiers who've… » 9/04/14 10:54am 9/04/14 10:54am

The Strange, Sad Story of the Army's New Billion-Dollar Camo Pattern

After nearly a decade, multiple false-starts, and many billions of dollars, the Army has finally chosen a new camouflage for its troops. Except it's not exactly new. It was originally developed back in 2002. And it looks a whole lot like one of the patterns that the Army was in talks to adopt from an independent… » 8/07/14 10:30am 8/07/14 10:30am

Self-Guided Bullets That Change Course Midair Are Now Terrifyingly Real

The military masterminds at DARPA have just changed everything you think you know about bullets. Meet the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, or EXACTO, a .50 caliber bullet that maneuvers itself midair to stay locked on target. Here's footage of the first live test: it sure as hell looks like the technology works. » 7/12/14 10:00am 7/12/14 10:00am

93-year-old vet just recreated his D-Day parachute jump over Normandy

This is just awesome. Jim 'Pee Wee' Martin, a 93-year-old WWII veteran paratrooper, just did the same jump out of a plane into Normandy that he did for D-Day 70 years ago when he was 23-years-old. But he says this jump was much easier because "there wasn't anybody shooting at me today." » 6/05/14 10:11pm 6/05/14 10:11pm

The Army Is Redesigning Its Smoke Grenade For the First Time Since WWII

Despite the billions upon billions of dollars funneled into the hungry maw of the military over the past 70 years, some technology has remained the same since World War II—including the smoke grenade. Now, the Army is choosing a new version that, in theory, will be slightly less toxic than the "classic" model. » 5/23/14 10:40am 5/23/14 10:40am

This DARPA invention gives soldiers Terminator vision

DARPA has finally demonstrated one of its most promising inventions: An augmented-reality HUD system that will give soldiers the same advantage of a jet fighter pilot. It displays battlefield data over the soldier's environment, identifying friendly and enemy forces on land and air in real time. » 5/22/14 5:39pm 5/22/14 5:39pm