The VIPE Holodeck is a forward-compatible virtual world, and it's already fully operational.
If Northrop Grumman has this airplane flying around right now, patents like these are our only clue that it exists. This particular drawing shows one of Northrop's "Next-Generation Bomber" patents, an evolution of the B-2 Spirit. The most notable new feature? Those little retractable mustache-canards. Adorable!
Last year, Northrop Grumman demonstrated a laser system that could disable small boats by setting their motors on fire from a distance. In a press release yesterday, it showed some images highlighting entirely new levels of destruction wrought by its latest laser system, Firestrike.
The military just took one huge step toward making a laser weapon a functional reality. Northrop Grumman just announced a successful test of a 100-kilowatt laser, considered battlefield strength. This solid-state laser is not as powerful as a chemical laser,...