We have remotely self-destructing electronics in the movies, why not in real life? DARPA is on the case.
Thank you, DARPA, for preserving our faith in the awesomeness of the future by deciding that 2014 will be the year to equip combat aircraft with frikkin' lasers.
A new system being developed by DARPA will let soldiers call up near-live satellite images on-demand from a fleet of orbiting mini satellites.
DARPA's Upward Falling Payloads (UFP) program would plant stealthy robotic pods on seafloors that could float to the surface and deploy themselves on demand.
Diving is a very safe sport, as long as you follow all the rules. DARPA wants to use technology to help Navy divers turn into Aquamen.
DARPA's Wound Stasis program launched in 2010 and is bearing impressive fruit. Wound stasis is meant to stanch internal bleeding and would be aided by a new foam that conforms to the victim's abdominal cavity. Pre-clinical trials showed improved survival rates for lethal liver injuries that are up to three hours old, from 8% to a whopping 72%.
DARPA-sponsored research projects are usually pretty crazy, and so is this one: a group of researchers have created electronic systems that can totally dissolve in liquid after they're no longer needed, even inside the human body.
Robot drones and remote vehicles are changing the way wars are fought. One 'bot that could help soldiers stuck in tomorrow's trenches is the AlphaDog by Boston Dynamics, which aims to "combine the capabilities of a pack mule with the intelligence of a trained animal," a DARPA manager said in a release.
Boston Dynamics tweaked a few things with that Cheetah robot we showed you not too long ago, and now it's running even faster — faster than superhuman sprinter Usain Bolt, and almost as fast as your car. It hasn't quite caught up to your getaway vehicle just yet, but that's next on Boston Dynamics' list.
Science is hard at work developing ever more freaky robots to take over the world. To that end, DARPA, in partnership with private-public-hybrid Sandia National Laboratories, has developed a "cost-effective" modular robot hand that is scarily close to mimicking a human hand's movements.