No, it's not the plot of some ridiculous new low-budget action movie: the House Armed Services Committee's Strategic Forces panel has asked the Missile Defense Agency to figure out how much it'll cost to unscrap the Airborne Laser Testbed and put it into action against the North Korean ballistic missile threat.
The Supermarine Spitfire is arguably one of the most beautiful flying machines ever constructed, but today, only about 35 remain in flying condition. That number may soon increase by a full dozen, if the Brits can manage to dig up a bunch of aircraft that have been buried somewhere in Burma since 1945.
Cables are the bane of the existence of everyone with more than just one or two gadgets, and it seems like we're going to be stuck with them as long as wireless charging remains at the novelty stage. Luckily, we're surrounded by cables almost all the time (in the form of clothing), and electrifying those could be an easy way to pipe electricity to literal pocket chargers.
Your Mom may still love driving a Humvee to the mall, but the military has different needs for its combat operations these days. Some 20 years after the Humvee first rolled out, the military is now entering the second phase of the project to choose its successor.
You knew the day was coming when the military would start rolling out humanoid battle robots, but you might not have expected it to come so soon. In this case the robot's enemy will be shipboard fire emergencies, but let's be honest, that's just the start.
Last week surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center performed the most extensive face transplant ever completed. 37-year-old Richard Lee Norris received donor skin from his scalp to his neck as well as a new nose, tongue, jaw bones and teeth.
DARPA, which DVICE readers will know from the agency's endearingly insane projects (see here, here and here), wants to send up a swarm of short-lived, rapidly produced satellites to allow for more extensive air surveillance alongside — or even in lieu of — manned recon aircraft and unmanned drones.
An unmanned drone using liquid hydrogen as its fuel has successfully completed the first of many tests needed before being cleared for flight. The aircraft, known as the Phantom Eye, undertook a medium-speed taxi along 4,000 feet of runway at Edwards Air Force base, reaching speeds of 34.5 mph.
The U.S. military has been working on several kinds of non-lethal crowd control over the years. There have been flash-bang grenades, noise and light arrays, and now the heat beam — or as the military likes to call it — the Active Denial System (ADS).
Not a lot is known about the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane. The military branch runs two of them, and one has been in orbit for a full year now, as of March 5. Is the spacecraft just checking the weather in orbit? Is it spying from space? Is it carrying anything in its cargo hold? Just how long will it be up there, anyway?