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China Has Unveiled a New Laser System to Shoot Down Drones | VICE News

China's has unveiled a new laser system to shoot down small, low-flying drones. On Sunday, scientists at the China Academy of Engineering Physics announced they had perfected a laser that shot down drones flying up to 110 miles per hour at altitudes of as high as 1,600 feet as far as 1.2 miles …

China claims new laser cannon shoots down drones

China has developed a laser cannon to shoot down small, low-flying drones, according to China's state-controlled news agency Xinhua.<p>The weapon can zap targets within a radius of 1.2 miles. Its designers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics, a government defense agency, believe the machine …

How China's "Rare Earth" Weapon Went From Boom To Bust

Not so long ago, the U.S. went into full panic mode. China had reached the point where it controlled 97% of the world's rare earth elements—minerals …

What New Chinese Weapons Will We See at This Year's Zhuhai Air Show?

The Zhuhai Airshow is China's biggest aerospace and defense display and notable as a venue for rolling out new systems. In the past, it's served as the public debut for fighters such as the J-8, JH-7 and J-10. On the civilian side, Zhuhai 2014 will be a bazaar for foreign companies like Airbus and …

Air Shows

China is shooting down drones with lasers

Today, China revealed its first anti-drone laser weapon, on the heels of a similar deployment by the US military earlier this year. According to state media, the system can bring down a drone within five seconds of locating the target, and is operable within a 1.2 mile radius of the installation. …

China will use lasers to take down low-flying drones

In order to defend itself against small drones, China built a laser-based system that can shoot down the compact aircraft up to 1.2 miles away. According to the official <i>Xinhua</i> news agency, the tech can bring down the rogue flying machines within five seconds of locating them at altitudes of up to …

China's New Laser Zaps Drones

A group of Chinese companies has developed a powerful anti-drone laser for use in urban areas. The consortium is lead by the China Academy of Engineering Physics and collaborators like China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corporation. In the next few years, mini-UAVs like quadcopters and hand launched …

Military

21 Adorable Photos of Animals Surrounded by the Snow

For those of you who are in the northeast, you woke up on Monday morning to an usual case of cold weather as a storm dumped huge piles of snow. The early blast is making it feel more like winter than fall. In fact, more than 130,000 home and businesses in Maine were left without electricity as of …

Weather

Massive radio telescope probes sky for black holes, Milky Way

The Arizona Radio Observatory's newly acquired 40-foot dish is probing far into the sky, and bringing new light to galaxies far, far away.<p>The massively powerful radio telescope can detect galaxy matter other telescopes miss. Dr. Lucy Ziurys is the director of the Arizona Radio Observatory.<p>She …

Scientists Get a Little More Creative to Study Penguins Up-Close

Scientists may have discovered a way to study animals without disturbing their natural behavior, according to a new study, and it involves dressing …

Cute chick rover new way to keep an eye on shy penguins wary of scientists

The newest tool for biologists is the baby penguin robotic spy.<p>It's pretty darn cute, and so convincing that penguins essentially talk to it, as if it is a potential mate for their chicks.<p>Emperor penguins are notoriously shy. When researchers approach, these penguins normally back away and their …