Back in April we wrote about a whole bunch of lost World War II Spitfires and the incredible persistence of David Cundall, a British farmer and aviation enthusiast. He has fought for years to win approval to uncover these buried treasures.
Our official motto here at DVICE is as follows: "you can never have enough railguns." As it so often does, the U.S. Navy has followed our lead, and has acquired a second prototype railgun system for testing.
Lasers are the future. Of everything. From food to medicine to rainbows, lasers can do it all. As every science fiction movie ever will attest to, the absolute coolest thing that lasers can do, of course, is blow stuff up, and this is why Boeing is making a truck into a mobile laser weapon system.
Declassified government documents are fun, especially ones that detail the United States Air Force's flirtations with flying saucers. While the aircraft was designed for speeds between Mach 3 and 4, it never quite got there.
If you plan on steaming a huge Navy ship around the globe, it's going to need a lot of fuel to keep it running. That's a problem when you're thousands of miles from home in hostile waters. But what if you could simply make your own fuel using the seawater that surrounds you? That's what the U.S. Navy wants to do, using a two-step process that turns seawater into jet fuel.
Man has long warred against man, bringing all manner of bloody machination to rend the opposition limb from limb. For as long as man has been capable of throwing stones, he has also brought with him all manner of beast. You will likely recall stories of courageous horses, mules, dogs and perhaps carrier pigeons, but animals have "enjoyed" far stranger uses in battle. Here, commonplace creatures have been called upon to fulfill the strangest of roles. Here's our list of the 17 strangest, most under-sung animal war heroes ever called to battle.
War is a messy business at the best of times, but it could get even more foul if a Russian inventor's personal human waste extracting tank gets built.
It's been a long while since airships ruled the skies, but like all things vintage and nostalgic, they might be making a comeback. Of course, this time it's about more than nostalgia. A company in Southern California is building airships for the military to transport cargo and conduct surveillance.
For a soldier in a firefight, one of the hardest things to protect without restricting vision or breathing is the face. Regular camouflage face paint, with its oil and wax base layers, actually makes things worse, so scientists have developed a new version that protects the skin from intense heat.
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.