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Gauging the strength of Chinese innovation

China does well in customer- and manufacturing-oriented innovation, though not in the more advanced varieties. But the country will need them to …

3D-Printed Explosive Jumping Robot Combines Firm and Squishy Parts

At IROS last year, we met a curious looking fleshy-appendaged explosive jumping robot from the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory. When we asked the …

University of Michigan to test 3D-printed autonomous cars

As 3D printing techniques improve and the push towards autonomous cars grows stronger, it was only a matter of time before the two technologies were …

Army Hoverbikes To Enhance Tactical Mobility in 3D

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has been exploring the tactical reconnaissance vehicle (TRV) concept for nearly nine months and is evaluating …

Ford gets serious with self-driving and 3D printing tech

Ford's new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto must be doing well. The autonomous driving technologies the company's been developing in the facility, which are all part of its "Smart Mobility" plan announced at CES this year, are entering advanced engineering and implementation phase. For …

Russia is deploying advanced aerial weapon systems to the Arctic

Speaking on June 20, Deputy Commander Kirill Makarov told RIA Novosti that the Kremlin will deploy fighter aircraft, surface-to-air missile systems, and radar systems to islands off the Russian coast in the Arctic.<p>"This is all done to the Russian Federation to defend its interests around the …

The US military is investing in Hoverbikes

The US Defense Department has taken a turn towards fulfilling the dreams of Star Wars fans everywhere.<p>The DoD has announced that it has struck a deal with UK developers Malloy Aeronautics and their US partner firm SURVICE to create and develop a functional multi-role Hoverbike platform.<p>The …

Military

China Builds the World's Fastest Tank Gun, Then Tries to Hide It

125mm Shells Go at Mach 6<p>While new tanks like the Russian Armata and Turkish Altay are taking the spotlight in the world of armored vehicles, China has a new tank gun that might just beat them all. The 127th Ordinance Institute, of the Central Northern University, handed over a new 125mm cannon to …

The US Navy just tested a giant electromagnetic catapult

The US Navy has just tested their new electromagnetic aircraft launching system. The Navy hopes the new launching system will be able to replace existing steam based systems used to launch planes. The weighted sled was launched into the James River where it was recovered for additional test …

Stratfor has 11 chilling predictions for what the world will look like a decade from now

In many ways, Stratfor thinks the world of 10 years from now will be more dangerous place, with US power waning and other prominent countries experiencing a period of chaos and decline.

Geopolitics

This Squishy Honeycomb Could Build Strong, Lightweight Armor

Better buckling, better bumpers<p>Armor can be light, durable, and effective, but rarely all three at the same time. New research from the University of Texas Austin has a new solution: a honeycomb shape, but one durable enough to reform after impact.<p>Man-made honeycomb structures used in armor are …

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German Lasers Hit Moving Drone

Hitting a moving target is sort of an important thing for an anti-drone weapon<p>This ain't a laser light scene, it’s an arms race. Thanks to recent technological advances, wars of the future might see swarms of cheap and deadly drones flying through the sky. And when they do, cheap lasers may finally …

Drones

Tesla has nabbed a preeminent battery researcher, and shareholders love it

Tesla, always on the hunt to drive up its share price, achieved a big bump yesterday and today by showcasing a significant personnel acquisition—a five-year contract with Canadian battery impresario Jeff Dahn.<p>Dalhousie University<p>Dahn is one of the most innovative researchers in batteries, and his …

Tesla

Armor Yourself In The Same Megatough Material As This Boxing Shrimp

Its tiny club could lead to big safety improvements<p>Despite its segmented carapace, the mantis shrimp is known more for the punches it gives than the blows it takes. Related to the powerful pistol shrimp, the mantis is pound for pound one of the animal world’s deadliest pugilists. Researchers from …

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Jaguar adapts NASA tech to monitor brainwaves and avoid accidents

If you're wondering how many projects Jaguar Land Rover's developing in addition to its pothole and cyclist alerts, the answer is "quite a few." In fact, the company has revealed that it's working on several technologies, which can monitor your condition to prevent accidents, collectively called …

Here's Microsoft's $140 PC on a stick

Microsoft has teamed up with Indian gadget maker iBall to launch the Splendo, a dongle-sized PC that runs Windows 8.1.<p>The pocket-sized Splendo can connect to TVs and monitors via HDMI. It’s powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and includes 32GB of onboard storage.<p>It also …

Oculus Touch redefines virtual control

This year's E3 saw Oculus Rift take a massive step towards final release, showing off the consumer model of the virtual reality headset and a …

Here's How You Can Buy a Russian Tank

Russia's classic supercar has a catch—it only comes used. Well-used.<p>A million bucks when new, $50,000 buys you, a civilian, a T-72. It ain't …

Ten ways autonomous driving could redefine the automotive world

The development of self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles is accelerating. Here’s how they could affect consumers and companies.<p><b>Autonomous vehicles</b> …

A Better Way for Brains to Control Robotic Arms

Erik Sorto had been paralyzed for 10 years when hevolunteered for a bold neural engineering experiment: He would receive a brain implant and try to …

3D bioprinter uses carbon nanotube enhanced cellulose

(<i>Nanowerk News</i>) A group of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have managed to print and dry three-dimensional objects made entirely by …

'Elastic buckling' honeycomb structures bounce right back from major impacts - ExtremeTech

‘Elastic buckling’ honeycomb structures bounce right back from major impacts<p>By on June 17, 2015 at 11:00 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions …

Concept Visions: Missiles-On-Demand

PARIS — Any enthusiast will tell you that nothing quite stirs the imagination at a big international car show like the concept cars unveiled by some …

FelxIS – A Missile That is More Than the Sum of its Parts

MBDA is introducing today at the Paris Air Show a new, modular approach to missile design, as part of its traditional ‘Concept Vision’ theme. The new …

Stanford has created a water-droplet computer - ExtremeTech

By on June 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>After more than a decade of …

3D potential through laser annihilation

(<i>Nanowerk News</i>) Whether in the pages of H.G. Wells, the serial adventures of Flash Gordon, or that epic science fiction saga that is Star Wars, the …

US data breach is intelligence coup for China

The hacking of millions of US government employees is likely part of an effort by Chinese intelligence for long-term profiling -- and possibly more …

The Future Of War

The risk of conflicts between great powers is rising. How will that shape the battlefield of tomorrow?<p>When the Cold War ended, the world changed fundamentally. For most of the 20th century, conflicts between great powers—two world wars and the specter of a third—defined our global politics, as well …

War

DJI's New Crash-Proof Drone Can See and Avoid Obstacles

Drones crash into shit. It’s an expensive and dangerous problem that threatens every drone you launch into the sky. Now the company behind the most …

Hacker Can Send Fatal Dose to Hospital Drug Pumps

When security researcher Billy Rios reported earlier this year that he'd found vulnerabilities in a popular drug infusion pump that would allow a …