After 16 years of development and an investment of somewhere around five billion dollars, the Air Force has decided to retire their Airborne Laser test bed, a 747 fitted with a rotating turret in the nose that could shoot down ballistic missiles from long range with a giant chemical laser.
They say the brain is the most powerful weapon. If new advancements in neuroscience are any indication, we could be seeing soldiers plug into weapon systems — Matrix-style — to control things like drones and vastly improve training sessions.
Broken bones are never fun, but they're a little more serious for men and women serving in the active military, which is why the University of Georgia-discovered "fracture putty," which can speed up the healing of bone fractures, is so important. Though it may mean spending time in sweet casts like this one.
It's been a long time coming, but the U.S. Congress just handed two orders to the Federal Aviation Administration: to upgrade its radar system to GPS and to open up manned airspace to unmanned drones. The latter is causing some concern, but both of these things, if done right, could mean some great things for aviation.
Faced with a society that's getting chubbier by the Twinkie, the Army has been looking for a way to get itself more recruits that doesn't involve (additional) lowering of its physical fitness requirements. So what has the Army come up with? Why, transplanting extra fat cells into the body to make people insta-skinny, of course. I mean, duh.
Desert sandstorms are rough on helicopter blades and fans, thanks mostly to erosion caused by relentless impacts from tiny dust particles. So when looking for a solution scientists turned to a veteran desert survivor — the scorpion.
Here at DVICE, we have a proud tradition of only bringing you stories that matter. Stories about science, about the evolution of technology, and about the future. And it is in the spirit of none of these things that we are proud to present the HPS Hamstar, a hamster-powered submarine.
We got a sneak peek at a couple sixth generation 2030 jet fighter concepts from Northrop Grumman and Boeing back in August, but they're not the only aerospace companies in the fighter game: this unnamed concept from Lockheed Martin is ready to join the party, too.
This is the McDonnell Douglas/General Dynamics A-12 Avenger II. It only ever got to the mock-up stage (and that was back in the 1990s), but the canopy of this stealthy, futuristic fantasy attack aircraft can be yours in time for Christmas if you act right now.
The Joint Strike Fighter, aka the F-35 Lightning II, was named after the P-38 Lightning, a long-range escort fighter that saw extensive service over the pacific during World War II. Lockheed Martin (or just Lockheed, back then), is responsible for both aircraft, and they set up a little photoshoot where new school met old school.