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'Flying Flashbulb' Drones Could Light Up Photo Shoots
Drone Could Help Create Lighting Effects
July 25th, 2014
Photographers looking to capture the perfect shot might soon be able to call on some unlikely helpers: a swarm of small robot helicopters.
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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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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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Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison: Who Was the Better Inventor?
Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison
July 10th, 2014
Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison battled it out in the "War of Currents," but each inventor left a significant scientific legacy.
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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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