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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US Army's Laser Gun Can Blast Enemy Drones: How It Works
Boeing's mobile laser.
October 21st, 2014
For the U.S. military, laser guns aren't sci-fi tech; they're a reality.
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R2-D2 Gets Real: 'Star Wars' Droids Already Exist
R2-D2
October 9th, 2014
Even people who aren't diehard fans of the "Star Wars" films will likely remember C-3PO and R2-D2. These sci-fi creations provided a glimpse of how robots could be used in the future, but how close is the world to making its a real R2-D2?
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Photos: Drone Reveals Killer Whales
photos of killer whales
October 21st, 2014
A tiny drone has captured stunning images of a killer whale pod, revealing which whales are pregnant and malnourished.
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Smash! NASA Drops Huge Helicopter in Safety Tests
The helicopter suspended in the air.
October 14th, 2014
To test the safety and efficiency of a giant helicopter, researchers recently dropped one from three stories in the air.
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US Navy's Boat Drones Can Swarm Enemy Attackers
Navy swarm boat
October 6th, 2014
While they're not quite sharks with laser beams attached to their heads, the Navy's new fleet of unmanned war boats could still cause quite a scare.
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Drones Are Coming to Hollywood: FAA Clears Robot Flyers for Filming
Flying Drone
September 26th, 2014
Lights! Camera! Take off! The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced yesterday (Sept. 25) that television and movie producers will now be able to use drones to capture high-flying aerial footage.
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Video: Killer Whales Caught in Stunning Drone Footage
photos of killer whales
October 21st, 2014
A population of killer whales has been captured playing, chasing prey and socializing in gorgeous video taken by a tiny unmanned drone.
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'Fury' Film Features Last Working WWII Tiger Tank
tiger I tank
October 13th, 2014
The upcoming World War II film "Fury" puts tank warfare front and center in a depiction of the final Allied push into Germany in 1945.
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Underwater Robots Could Sniff Out Smuggled Drugs, Weapons
The submersible robot.
October 2nd, 2014
A warning to all smugglers: A new underwater robot could be used to sniff out contraband — including weapons and drugs — hidden aboard ships.
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