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What Would Happen If All Our Satellites Were Suddenly Destroyed?

Since their inception 60 years ago, satellites have gone on to become an indispensable component of our modern high-tech civilization. But because they’re reliable and practically invisible, we take their existence for granted. Here’s what would happen if all our satellites suddenly just disappeared. » 6/04/15 2:02pm 6/04/15 2:02pm

What It Feels Like to Shoot With the Military’s Experimental Smart Scope

You’ve probably never fired an M4 carbine. Until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t either. But at a recent DARPA demo day, I loaded a magazine (also a first for me), snuggled up to the deadly assault rifle, and looked through one of the most technologically advanced smart scopes ever built. Then I pulled the trigger. » 4/28/15 2:10pm 4/28/15 2:10pm

This Smart Gun Could Be the Colt .45 of the Future

The above Terminator-like weapon is Colt's latest, greatest invention. Developed with Defense Research and Development Canada, (our northern neighbors' version of DARPA) this is the smart gun Canada wants to fight the wars of the future. And it's hard to look at this insane level of firearm innovation and not think… » 2/16/15 3:20pm 2/16/15 3:20pm

DARPA Documents Reveal Plans For Advanced Video Spying Tech

Real-time videos that detect the most minute movements in enemy battle areas and advanced analytical systems that will efficiently sift through them are all in the works, according to DARPA documents. A $6.7 million contract with software company Kitware revealed a DARPA project focused on rapidly indexing archived… » 10/20/08 10:45pm 10/20/08 10:45pm

British Army Competition Yields Bomb-Dropping, Hi-Def Video Taking,…

One of the front runners of an ongoing British Army-sponsored competition for new military technology is this miniature spaceship-looking thing, which is designed to inconspicuously drop bombs and listening devices behind enemy lines. The external blade-less shape allows the machine to enter buildings through windows… » 8/16/08 2:00pm 8/16/08 2:00pm