Every year since 1986 has just been another year wasted without a movie about fighter jets and the oversized pairs of aviator sunglasses that fly them. But the long national nightmare is over, as rumor has it that Tommy C. will be playing the role (the starring role) of an F-35 test pilot in the upcoming sequel to Top Gun, which is probably not called Top Gun 2: They Wouldn't Let Us Use F-22s.
It's easy to shut someone up with a gun. It's harder to do it reversibly. Japanese researchers have developed a non-lethal gun that uses lasers (lasers!), microphones, and a directional speaker system to fire your words right back at you, jamming your brain and keeping you from speaking coherently.
Energy efficiency might not always be the highest priority for the military, but after hearing about how the Army spends more on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan than NASA's entire budget, we think they should give it a second look. And they are, with a new generation of gas-electric hybrid tanks.
Pinterest is the hottest social network sweeping the world at the moment and it's not just trendy netizens who are serious about it. The U.S. Army is using it to rapidly grow its social media influence and get people — primarily women — more interested in the military. Girl power!
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.