There are upsides and downsides to the taser. On the one hand, it gives cops a non-lethal way to subdue violent perps. On the other hand, they seem to use it a lot more than they need to, often in lieu of just talking to somebody. So I've gotta wonder how good an idea a handheld pain ray is.
The incredible photo above is of the fireball produced by an atomic bomb. Those specs on the ground beneath it are tanks, jeeps and other test vehicles that will be destroyed in a matter of milliseconds. Right below the fireball, a shockwave bouncing off the desert floor and about to merge with the fire is visible.
Skateboards are fun on mirror smooth surfaces and tanks can go just about anywhere, so why not combine the best parts of both in an awesome off-road powered skateboard?
A group of roboticists at the Georgia Institute of Technology are teaching robots to do something you wouldn't normally peg as a good thing: deceiving others. Why would a robot need to do that? It's a fine line, the researchers say, but it could be very beneficial.
You know, there are times when even we get a little tempted to don the ol' tinfoil hat. Weirdly enough, those times usually have something to do with DARPA, as the agency is now researching technology that will affect soldiers' brains to boost their abilities.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming more and more prevalent, allowing for our military to get views of areas from above without sending any humans into harm's way. But they're generally pretty passive, unable to pick stuff up. Not so with Yale's new Aerial Manipulator.
DARPA, the U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (AKA the folks with the most wonderful toys), is dropping a cool $369,677 on a company that specializes in rocket-shaped robots that can amazingly take off and land in a standing position.
Aircraft carriers such as the USS George Washington supercarrier (pictured) represent the American Navy's most formidable force, able to overwhelm any target on land, in the air, or at sea. Now, the Dong Feng 21D anti-ship missile could change everything.
Remember that big scary laser the Navy showed off a few weeks ago? Well, not that ray guns and cannons are looking like they could be a real thing, the Navy wants to figure out how to guard against 'em.
The idea of a "tentacle manipulator" developed by the U.S. Army is already scary enough by name alone. Toss it that this thing can open doors, then it gets even scarier. The manipulator comes in peace, though, and it could even save lives.