The US Army is designing a grenade with selectable explosion modes

September 23, 2016 1 min read

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The US Army has started work its first new hand grenade in 40 years, which could give soldiers much more control over the explosive effects of their ordinance. The Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) […]

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Norway promotes a penguin to rank of brigadier

August 24, 2016 1 min read


If you hear the words penguin and rank used together, you’d probably assume the subject is breath or feces. A fish-heavy diet will do that. There is, however, the rare penguin that gets […]

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US soldiers are getting enhanced hearing tech on the battlefield

June 07, 2016 1 min read

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The US Army is in the process of rolling out a new piece of technology that can protect a soldier’s hearing on the battlefield. These aren’t just any earplugs, though. TCAPS (Tactical Communication […]

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US Army will put nano-drones in soldiers’ pockets by 2018

April 06, 2016 1 min read

Black Hornet Nano Helicopter UAV

The US military has been using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) for years, but they’re mostly large, long-range aircraft. That’s going to change by 2018 as part of a new Army program to deploy “Soldier […]

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11 real-life sci-fi weapons that are the future of war

August 20, 2015 1 min read


From robotic exoskeletons that give soldiers superhuman strength to drone helicopters that "learn" as they fly, this is the future of war.

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These new goggles combine night and thermal vision for soldiers

May 06, 2015 1 min read


Warfighters are going to be getting some serious power-ups in the near future. Self-guided bullets. AI-assisted scopes. Now, they’re getting goggles that combine night-vision and thermal imaging. This high-tech headgear is part of […]

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DARPA uses a jetpack to get all soldiers running 4-minute miles

September 12, 2014 1 min read


We got a car to break the speed of sound by strapping airplane engines to the back -- why not people, too?

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DARPA’s Ultra-VIS is heads-up augmented reality for ground troops

May 23, 2014 1 min read

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DARPA has been working on improved high-tech information displays for soldiers for years. What you see above is one of their latest projects, a helmet-mounted HUD called ULTRA-Vis: the Urban Leader Tactical Response, […]

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DARPA asks IBM to build a processor that can self-destruct

February 06, 2014 1 min read

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DARPA is looking for a little help from IBM. The task: to create a whole new kind of vaporware — as in hardware that can vaporize itself. The U.S. Military uses all kinds […]

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Geekout 36: Laser trucks, tablets that make calls, and terrible in-app purchases

December 12, 2013 1 min read


Welcome to Geekout, our weekly Hangout on Air where we talk about all the interesting things happening in the technology world this week. Everyone knows laser pointers are fun. Some of you might […]

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Army successfully tests vehicle-mounted laser weapon

December 12, 2013 1 min read

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The promise of high-power laser weapons is that they might one day be used to knock enemy missiles and drones out of the air from a safe distance. However, turning fantasy into reality […]

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U.S. military coughs up $50 million to settle massive software piracy gaffe

November 30, 2013 1 min read


Typically when you read about the U.S. government and piracy, it’s about some unfortunate file sharer who’s being slapped with a massive fine for uploading a few songs or TV shows. This time, […]

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