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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Navy Helicopter Drone Completes First Round of Testing
The new Navy helicopter drone — the MQ-8C.
December 24th, 2014
A newer, larger U.S. Navy helicopter drone can take off and land from a moving boat.
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Drones and Planes Will Live-Track NASA's Orion Capsule Launch
NASA's Ikhana drone.
December 3rd, 2014
When NASA rockets its Orion spaceship high above the Earth's atmosphere on Thursday, the space-bound aircraft won't be alone.
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Electric Vehicle Fleet Gives California Green Energy Boost
The new Air Force electric car fleet.
November 21st, 2014
The crowded highways of Los Angeles just got a little greener, thanks to a new electric-vehicle program sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.
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Futuristic Laser Weapon Ready for Action, US Navy Says
The Nay's laser weapon system.
December 11th, 2014
The U.S. Navy announced that its high-tech laser weapon is ready to disable and destroy enemy drones and small boats should the need arise.
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Cyberwarfare? New System Protects Drones from Hackers
Drone Cybersecurity
December 2nd, 2014
Military drones are often used to store sensitive data, ranging from troop movements to strategic operations. While this may make them vulnerable to enemy interference, a new system is aiming to protect these unmanned aerial vehicles from cyberattacks.
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Famed Physicist Ernest Rutherford Helped Pioneer Sonar in Secret
sonar of shipwreck
November 11th, 2014
Ernest Rutherford is best-known for splitting the atom, but that's not his only claim to fame. The British physicist also helped pave the way for sonar technology.
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Touchdown! F-35 Fighter Jet Nails 'Landmark' Aircraft Carrier Landing
The F-35C Lightening II aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
November 4th, 2014
In a historic moment for the U.S. Navy, a F-35 fighter jet successfully landed aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of San Diego.
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Military Seeks Flying Aircraft Carriers to Launch Drones
Drone Aircraft Carriers
December 9th, 2014
The U.S. military wants to develop flying aircraft carriers to transport drones in and out of surveillance zones.
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Amazon's Robot 'Elves' Help Fill Cyber Monday Orders
Amazon Warehouse Robots
December 1st, 2014
To improve shipping efficiency, Amazon is using thousands of robots to gather products in its shipping centers on Cyber Monday.
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Germ-Zapping Robot Could Fight Ebola and Other Deadly Viruses
The robot in action.
November 11th, 2014
A new germ-zapping robot could help stop the spread of deadly viruses, like Ebola, in hospitals and other health care facilities in the United States.
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