Military Weapons, Spy Tech and Defense News

Technology has been integral to military weapons and spy gear for millennia, and the field of military technology is advancing at breakneck speed. From drones that maneuver without a pilot and "death ray" weaponized lasers that unleash killer zaps to invisibility cloaks that obfuscate tanks and X-ray vision for soldiers, military tech abounds these days. Our news and features will cover the science and innovation behind military weapons, defense technology and spy gear, including how the latest war technology works, what's next in sci-fi weaponry and how it will affect you and the planet.
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Drone Images Reveal Buried Ancient Village in New Mexico
April 8th, 2014
Thermal images captured by a small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the New Mexican desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures in an ancient Native American settlement.
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Killer Robots: Natural Evolution, or Abomination?
RQ-4 Global Hawk Military Drone
March 18th, 2014
From stones to arrows to ballistic missiles, human beings have always tried to curtail their direct involvement in combat. So are lethal autonomous weapons the next step in modern warfare or a threat to international humanitarian law?
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Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds
U.S. Army Helicopter
March 4th, 2014
Mid-air collisions between wildlife and military aircraft can lead to costly and potentially fatal accidents, with birds posing the biggest threat to helicopters operated by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, a new study finds.
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Seashell Armor Could Offer Transparent Protection for Troops
calcite crystals of the seashell of the windowpane oyster.
March 31st, 2014
This seashell is made nearly entirely of calcite, the main component of relatively fragile rocks such as limestone and chalk. However, the scientists discovered this seashell could dissipate energy from penetrations 10 times better than ordinary calcite.
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US Navy's Next-Generation Aircraft Carrier Begins Testing Phase
USS Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier
March 6th, 2014
The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier — a massive warship outfitted with the latest radar technology and sophisticated systems to accommodate unmanned, carrier-launched drones — is set to undergo more than two years of rigorous testing.
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Smartphone-Piloted Drones Could Support US Troops on Front Lines
DARPA ARES Drones
February 20th, 2014
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is developing a military drone capable of avoiding hostile threats on the ground, such as ambushes and improvised explosive devices.
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Fly's Rapid Fluttering Could Inspire Mini Drones (Video)
a blowfly closeup
March 25th, 2014
A new video has captured the lightning-fast movement of blowfly wings, which could help scientists develop tiny flying robots.
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Facebook to Purchase Solar-Powered Drone Company
Solara 50 Drone - Titan Aerospace
March 6th, 2014
Facebook is in talks to buy a drone company that manufactures ultra-lightweight, solar-powered planes that are designed to fly high above commercial air traffic and can impressively remain aloft for up to five years, according to news reports.
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Anti-Drone Laws Pass in Washington State & Wisconsin
MQ-9 Combat Drone
February 19th, 2014
Drone policy in the United States is heating up. Washington state passed a law this week to limit the government's use of drones, becoming the 10th state to enact anti-drone legislation.
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