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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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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Amazon's FAA Approval May Not Give Commercial Drones a Lift
Amazon's "Prime Air" Delivery Drones
March 20th, 2015
Amazon got approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its much-hyped Prime Air delivery drones in the United States. But this might not be the news Amazon had hoped for.
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25 Robots Set to Compete in Ambitious Contest This Summer
THORMANG 2 robot
March 6th, 2015
This summer, 25 robots from around the world will go head to head in a competition to test how machines could one day provide assistance after natural or man-made disasters.
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Are Wearable Drones Buzzing on the Horizon?
March 18th, 2015
Future wearables may be tiny drones that protect users from pollution, play games, act as scouts and fly long distances on drone superhighways.
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Laser Weapon Stops Truck in Its Tracks — from a Mile Away
ATHENA Laser Weapon
March 6th, 2015
A laser weapon made by Lockheed Martin can stop a small truck dead in its tracks from more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away, the company announced this week.
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Ready for Takeoff? New Rules Would Limit Some Uses for Drones
amazon prime air
February 17th, 2015
The Obama administration announced a much-anticipated set of rules to govern the use of commercial drones, but experts say the new requirements will hold back parts of the burgeoning industry.
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Sci-Fi Cloaking Device Could Protect Soldiers from Shock Waves
Plasma ball sphere of glowing lightning energy.
March 24th, 2015
A researcher at the defense company Boeing has filed a patent for a sci-fi-esque cloaking device that would protect soldiers from intense shock waves generated by explosions. The device would stop shock waves with a veil of heated, ionized air.
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In Images: Wearable Drone Concepts
parasol wearable drone
March 18th, 2015
Future wearables may be tiny drones that protect users from pollution, play games, act as scouts and fly long distances on drone superhighways.
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Wow! Watch a Drone Fly Through the World's Largest Atom Smasher
LHCb detector at CERN
March 4th, 2015
The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful atom smasher, juxtaposes the big and the small. In a new video, a drone flies above and through the LHC, showing all the different size levels of the device.
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