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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Incredible Drone Photos: Contest-Winning Images from Above
dronies, dronestagram, lost island
July 20th, 2015
The second annual Dronestagram Aerial Photography Contest brought these incredible images to light.
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FBI's High-Tech Surveillance Planes: 4 Things You Should Know
A stock photo of an airplane conducting surveillance.
June 4th, 2015
Here's what we know so far about the FBI's surveillance-ready aviation program.
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US Military's Self-Steering Bullets Can Hit Moving Targets
Self-guided bullets
April 28th, 2015
In what some might consider a terrifying development, the U.S. military has passed a key milestone in creating self-steering bullets.
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High-Flying Photography: Drones Snap Spectacular, Contest-Winning Images
dronies, dronestagram, Snorkeling with Sharks
July 20th, 2015
Whether they're capturing panoramic views of tulip fields or snapping thrilling images of cliff divers plunging into the sea, one thing is for certain: Drones can take awesome pictures.
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Greased Lightning! NASA Drone Advances Unmanned Craft
NASA Greased Lightning Drone
May 20th, 2015
A huge, 10-engine drone dubbed "Greased Lightning" successfully completed a series of flight tests recently, paving the way for new types of unmanned vehicles that could one day carry people.
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Battle Lines Drawn Around the Legality of 'Killer Robots'
U.S. Navy drone aboard aircraft carrier.
April 24th, 2015
While the LAWS debate in Geneva was deeper and richer than previous discussions, key definitions – which are needed to word a protocol to restrict them – remain unclear and up for continued debate.
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Birds' Foldable Wings Could Inspire Nimble Drones
Bird-Inspired Robotic Wings
March 26th, 2015
A drone that mimics the way birds fold and flap their wings could improve the design of future unmanned autonomous vehicles, and could even help the machines withstand midair collisions.
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F-35 Fighter Jet Nails Olympic-Worthy 'Ski Jump' Takeoff
A jet takes off from a ski jump.
June 25th, 2015
When a fighter jet takes off from a runway the same way that a skier launches gracefully off a jump, the result can be surprisingly beautiful.
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Pocket-Size Drone Can Fold Up Like Origami
Foldable drone
May 18th, 2015
A compact, foldable drone inspired by origami can unfold itself automatically and take flight within a fraction of a second.
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Scientists Turn to Drones For Closer Look at Sea Ice
arctic sea ice, ice melt, climate change, global warming, drones
April 23rd, 2015
A Columbia University oceanographer calls on drones to help study ice melt.
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