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February 27, 2015

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10:45 PM | In Japan, A Funeral For Robot Dogs
Sony made the Aibo virtual home companion for seven years. For a piece of consumer technology, that’s an eternity, but even by the truncated standards of a dog’s lifespan…
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8:15 PM | Weapons For Future Wars On Sale At Abu Dhabi Arms Show
The International Defense Exposition is a technology conference with a whole lot of sellers and very few buyers. On display are the latest in weapons that countries are…
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4:32 PM | Drones Mapped This Giant Volcano, And The 3D Rendering Is Awesome
Volcanoes are cool, but it’s hard to get close to them sometimes because they are literally made out of hot lava. Drones, with their ability to carry a camera, fly into places humans shouldn’t go, and not feel pain, are a great alternative for exploring the molten floor of a crater. Humans have flown drones into volcano smoke plumes, sent a rolling robot into volcanic fissures, and casually piloted quadcopters over lava flows and around craters. In 41 seconds, the video below […]

February 26, 2015

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10:00 PM | This Small Robot Boat Can Patrol Megayachts
From a distance, the Hydra looks like a jet ski that’s lost its rider. The result of a partnership between Al Seer Marine and 5G International, the Hydra is an unmanned…
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8:45 PM | 3 'Crimes From 2025' That Could Happen Today
Just how scary is the future? In a question posed on Twitter, the Science Friday radio show asked people to come up with #CrimeHeadlinesFrom2025. There were a lot of great…
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7:45 PM | Hammerhead Drone Makes First Flight
The laws of aerodynamics require a certain smoothness of form, a kind of mandatory design elegance. The Piaggio Aerospace Hammerhead stands in contrast to this romantic…
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4:45 PM | Marketing Drones Scanned Los Angeles For Cellphone Location Data
Acting as cheap flying cameras, drones already raise a lot of questions about privacy. But it’s not just aerial photography people should worry about with drones. Earlier…

February 25, 2015

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8:00 PM | FedEx Refuses To Ship Milling Tool That Makes Untraceable Metal Gun Parts
Exactly how much of a gun is a machine that makes untraceable metal gun parts? That’s a question FedEx wrestled with, as they debated whether or not to ship a machine…
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6:30 PM | Secret Service Will Fly Its Own Drones To Protect The White House
Washington, D.C. is officially off-limits for drones. But just because it’s the law doesn’t mean people listen; in January, a small quadcopter crashed onto the White House…
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2:00 PM | Why Do We Have Eyelashes?
Eyelashes? More like why-lashes. A team of scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology wanted to understand the function eyelashes serve in mammalian species. So…

February 24, 2015

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7:30 PM | Jetpack Maker Gets A Major Funding Boost
For centuries, humans have dreamed of flying. Once people figured out how to properly fly through the air in planes, folks started dreaming of flight without all that bulky…

February 23, 2015

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6:25 PM | Watch Mapmaking Drones In Action
Drones are made of existing technologies: cameras, remote controls, flight, mapping software, and waypoint navigation -- but it’s the way drones incorporate all the parts…

February 20, 2015

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10:15 PM | The Future Of British Warfare Is This Modest Tanklet
In the future, when the United Kingdom goes to war, it will do so with small, tank-like vehicles. Last month, the U.K.'s Ministry of Defense approved the next stage of…
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8:30 PM | America's Power Sector Is Aging, As Demand For Energy Keeps Going Up [Infographic]
A lot of attention is paid to America’s aging power infrastructure. As the 21st century continues on, and people purchase newer devices that demand more power from the…
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7:30 PM | Abu Dhabi Falconers Use Drones To Train Their Birds
Falconers agree: it’s a terrible idea to train birds to attack drones. There are, however, ways to use drones for training falcons. Gizmodo reports that some falconers in…
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3:15 PM | Farmers Eye Drones For The Future
Even though humans have been farming for thousands of years, there’s always a new trick to learn or a new technology to try. In modern times, these tricks often come…

February 19, 2015

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8:30 PM | United States Will Sell Armed Drones To Other Nations
This week the United States announced that, for the first time, it will sell armed drones to select allied nations. Over the past decade, drones have become something of a…

February 17, 2015

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6:30 PM | Marines Are Testing Adorable Robot Guard Balls
From the sea it emerges, a rolling orb-like object. One large black tire body with two side domes peeking out, GuardBot looks like a two-sided eyeball, straight out of an…
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12:10 AM | What You Need To Know About The FAA's New Drone Rules
As early as last summer, it looked like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was never going to figure out drone rules. Technical, legal, and definition-based…

February 13, 2015

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8:00 PM | Think Tank Publishes Report On Tanks That Think
No military technology is perhaps more viscerally upsetting than the idea of a machine, armed with a gun, making the decision on its own to kill people. It's a theme…

February 12, 2015

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11:20 PM | Arms Manufacturer Makes Bizarre Rifle For Canadian Armed Forces
Maybe Canada’s Armed Forces are fighting a Wendigo infestation no one knows about. Perhaps they’re engaged in a secret war against Bigfoot and his moose army for control of…
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7:25 PM | China's Cyber Censors Have A Theme Song
The People’s Republic of China is a major force on the internet. Their cyber warriors hack American companies, American newspapers, and American weather satellites. When…
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5:00 PM | Ban Drones From Your Airspace With NoFlyZone
NoFlyZone is a company with a strange mission: restrict where drones can fly. People who don't want drones over their houses can go to the company's website and register…

February 11, 2015

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6:00 PM | DARPA Wants Prosthetic Hands That Can Feel Like Real Hands
Consider it a silver lining amid the dark storm clouds of war. DARPA, the Defense Department’s advanced research wing, this Sunday announced progress in a project to make…

February 10, 2015

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7:33 PM | France Tests Kamikaze, Netted Interceptor Drones To Protect Nuclear Reactors
France has a drone problem. Someone keeps flying the remote-controlled devices over French nuclear reactors, which continued even after the country arrested some drone…
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4:05 PM | Big Dog Robot Family Gets A Faster, Lighter Little Brother
One parking lot in Massachusetts is witness to a tremendous amount of robo-evolution: outside the office of Boston Dynamics, where the robot-building company routinely tests…

February 06, 2015

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5:45 PM | Watch The Navy’s New Robot Firefighter In Action [Video]
The Navy has a brand new robot designed to make ships safer by fighting fires. The “Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot,” or SAFFiR, is a project by the Office of Naval…

February 04, 2015

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8:15 PM | Hobbyist Turns Drone Into Millennium Falcon
How does a hobbyist make their drone stand out from the sea of identical quadcopters? Dress it up like it’s got stolen goods inside and the Galactic Empire is on it’s tail,…

February 03, 2015

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10:00 PM | Syrian Government Hackers Are Catfishing Rebels For Information
Military secrets are only as secure the loneliest private. A report by online network security firm FireEye details that in the ongoing Syrian civil war, online forces…

February 02, 2015

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7:30 PM | What Was Northrop Grumman's Super Bowl Ad Selling?
The Super Bowl is known almost as much for the advertising spectacle it creates as it is for the game itself. Amidst the usual ads for products like cars, beer, and life…
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