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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What Tiny Drones Can Learn from Hummingbirds
Hummingbird takes flight.
July 30th, 2014
Improving the design of the world's tiniest drones could start with taking a closer look at one of nature's smallest and most efficient flyers, the hummingbird.
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Top-Secret British Combat Drone Gets Test Run
Taranis Drone - BAE Systems
July 28th, 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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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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Drones Could Grow to $11 Billion Industry by 2024
MQ-1 Predator Drone
July 29th, 2014
A new report detailing the growth of the drone industry finds that over the next 10 years, the amount of money spent annually on drones and their accompanying technologies will likely double worldwide.
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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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Malaysia Airlines Disaster: How a Missile Could Take Down a Plane
buk missiles
July 17th, 2014
A Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was downed over a warzone in eastern Ukraine today (July 17). Ukrainian government officials are suggesting a surface-to-air missile may have taken down the airplane.
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Washington State's Sprawling Wildfire Captured By Drone Cam
Washington State's Carlton Complex Fire
July 24th, 2014
The sky is thick with smoke in central Washington, as the state's largest wildfire in recorded history leaves a charred trail of burned homes and blackened trees.
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Military Satellites Likely Saw Missile Strike on Malaysian Airlines Flight
An artist's image of a GEO satellite
July 18th, 2014
When a missile struck Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, it's likely that heat from the explosion was detected from space by a sophisticated network of military satellites.
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