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DARPA’s mirror-killing membrane could change astronomy, allow total global surveillance

When it launches in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will let us see deeper into the universe than ever before. Its enormous eye is centered around 18 octagonal mirrors…

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Boston Dynamics’ Terminator-like ‘PETMAN’ robot tests chemical suits

Defense contractor Boston Dynamics has new video of its Terminator-like “PETMAN” robot standing, walking, posing and… wearing a chemical protection suit, for some reason. The project is funded in part…

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Pentagon’s Mad Scientists Want a Tattoo That Tracks Troops’ Vitals

In its ongoing quest to measure every aspect of U.S. troops’ physiology, the Pentagon’s esoteric research enclave wants to develop a durable, unobtrusive device that can track the body’s physical…

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DARPA’s new TERN program aims for eyes in the sky from the sea

Effective 21st-century warfare requires the ability to conduct airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike mobile targets anywhere, around the clock. Current technologies, however, have their limitations. Helicopters are…

Some of Darpa’s imagined designs for its new VTOL X-Plane program. Image: Darpa

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Darpa Wants to Rethink the Helicopter to Make It Go Way Faster

Helicopters are great. They’re maneuverable in very tight spaces, they haul heavy things relative to their small sizes — and, very importantly, they take off and land vertically, removing the…

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DARPA putting laser turrets on fighter jets next year

  Our first foray into laser-equipped combat aircraft was the Airborne Laser Testbed, a Boeing 747 with a gigantic chemically-pumped megawatt laser turret in its nose. It was pretty awesome from…

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First Batch of DARPA’s Synthetic Blood Delivered to FDA, Could Be on Battlefields Soon

Perhaps ranking behind only bullets and water, blood is one of those things you really don’t want to run out of on the battlefield. But better battlefield medicine — as…

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10 brilliant DARPA inventions

Davey Winder counts down ten amazing innovations that were born at – or inspired by – the legendary US defence agency Established in 1958 in response to the launch of…

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Fifty years of DARPA: Hits, misses and ones to watch

Founded to protect the US against “technological surprise”, the agency has achieved some spectacular successes – and failures – in its 50-year history. Successful projects The internet: Precisely who ‘invented’…

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12 Insane But True DARPA Projects

In the scifi TV series Fringe, the government gives a couple geniuses a lab and a mandate to come up with crazy technologies to defend America. DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research…

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DARPA wants army of networked amateur astronomers to watch sky for space junk

There is really so much junk floating around in space the government needs help keeping track of it all. This week the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced a program to utilize…

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Sinister Automatons: Predators, Iron Men and the Future of War

‘Before they were blind, deaf and dumb,’ exults Mark Maybury, chief scientist for the U.S. Air Force. ‘Now we’re beginning to make them to see, hear and sense.’ We know…

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The Human Avatar Programs by NASA & DARPA

Looking deeper down the rabbit hole of madness that is offered to us on a daily basis by the new world orders predictive programming industry known as Hollywood. The placement…

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DARPA, The Information Awareness Office and it’s Symbolism

Up until 9/11 DARPA had various programs designed to gather information for military purposes but when it became clear that there was information available before 9/11 that could’ve been used…

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New DARPA Robot Can Autonomously Track People

Following Professor Noel Sharkey’s warning that the fleet of robots being developed for DARPA will ultimately be used to “kill people,” Boston Dynamics has released a new video showcasing how…