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Mini-Drones to Night-Vision Phones: 5 Cool Military Tech Gadgets
Dissolving electronics
July 22nd, 2014
Electronics that dissolve on the battlefield and tiny, hummingbird-size drones that perform aerial reconnaissance are just a few of the sophisticated technologies the U.S. military is developing these days.
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Military's Space Plane Program Eyes Future Hypersonic Flight
DARPA Experimental Space Plane
July 15th, 2014
A new unmanned military space plane is being developed to launch small satellites into orbit and serve as a test bed for a futuristic fleet of hypersonic vehicles.
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UK Christens Massive New Aircraft Carrier
Christening the HMS Queen Elizabeth
July 14th, 2014
The British Royal Navy christened its newest and largest aircraft carrier earlier this month, in a special ceremony led by the next-generation vehicle's namesake: Queen Elizabeth II.
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Top-Secret British Combat Drone Gets Test Run
Taranis Drone - BAE Systems
July 22nd, 2014
A prototype of a top-secret, unmanned British warplane, called Taranis, recently completed a second set of classified flight trials at an undisclosed location, according to the drone's builders.
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Shape-Shifting Robots Could Have 'Melting Muscles'
An photo shows the robot muscle in their hard and soft states.
July 15th, 2014
A new kind of robot muscle — made out of materials that could be found at a craft store — goes soft when heated and hardens when cooled. Researchers say it could be used to make shape-shifting bots for surgery and disaster response.
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Self-Guided Sniper Bullets Could Help Soldiers with Bad Aim
Self-Guided Sniper Bullets - DARPA's EXACTO Program
July 11th, 2014
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is known for trying to solve really out-of-this-world problems. But the agency's latest project solves a more commonplace conundrum: how to hit a target, even if you have bad aim.
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Sliced Bread: The 'Greatest Thing' Turns 86
Otto Rohwedder invented the first machine that sliced bread and packaged it.
July 7th, 2014
Today is the 86th anniversary of the invention of sliced bread and the 134th birthday of its inventor, Otto Rohwedder.
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Truck-Mounted Cannon Can Shoot Drones Out of the Sky
RAPIDFire Truck-Mounted Weapon
July 21st, 2014
The French multinational company Thalos is building a huge truck-mounted gun that can autonomously shoot down drones, helicopters, and missiles.
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Smile, Hawaiian Wildlife: You're on Candid Camera
Puma Drone Surveys Hawaiian Wildlife
July 15th, 2014
This summer, Hawaii's endangered wildlife will be on candid camera, as two kinds of drones survey the numbers and whereabouts of animals in their natural habitats.
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Wireless Electricity? How the Tesla Coil Works
Tesla Coils
July 10th, 2014
Nikola Tesla dreamed of creating a way to supply power to the world without stringing wires across the globe. The inventor came close to accomplishing this when his "mad scientist" experiments with electricity led to his creation of the Tesla coil.
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