Landing a Lockheed U-2 Isn't for the Faint-Hearted

It’s easy to forget just how shallow some airplanes are. In this image, you’re looking at a U.S. Air Force Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft as it flies above Royal Air Force Fairford in England earlier this month. As the Air Force points out, the long wings and shallow body mean U-2 pilots have a very small margin… » 6/25/15 7:15am 6/25/15 7:15am

The Pentagon Wants Special Ops To Carry DNA Scanners

The United States’ most elite soldiers have been collecting DNA samples from suspected terrorists for years. But because analysis normally takes three weeks, it’s been a pretty useless chore. Now, however, U.S. Special Operations Command is testing a machine that can do it in 90 minutes. Get ready for advanced… » 5/21/15 1:49pm 5/21/15 1:49pm

The Pentagon Wants to Turn Our Phones Into a Giant Mesh Network

Imagine what would happen if every cell phone tower in the country spontaneously combusted. We’d be in big trouble, which is why the Pentagon is exploring other ways to communicate in the event of an emergency. Chief among them is the idea to connect every cell phone in America with mesh networking technology. » 5/08/15 12:20pm 5/08/15 12:20pm

DARPA Hacked Together a Super Cheap Google Glass-Like Display

Helmet-mounted displays are priceless on the battlefield. And expensive: The proto-Google Glass headset, for instance, is absolutely useful for the average soldier, but way too pricey to be practical. That’s why folks at DARPA are freaking out about the heads up display that researchers hacked together for a few… » 4/07/15 12:30pm 4/07/15 12:30pm

How Police Body Cameras Were Designed to Get Cops Off the Hook

In the wake of protests over police violence against black men, many civil rights activists are calling for a high-tech solution: strapping wearable body cameras to cops. The idea is to hold police accountable for unnecessary violence. But the history of police body cams reveals that the devices have often had the… » 3/16/15 2:15pm 3/16/15 2:15pm