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January 28, 2015

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7:15 PM | Bat-Like Bot Soars In The Sky And Crawls On The Ground
DALER is a flying wing that swoops like a bat in the sky, and wobbles forward like a bat on the ground. Created by Ludovic Daler, the Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot…

January 27, 2015

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9:15 PM | Watch A Drone Bombard Volunteers With Roman Candles
Looking much like an X-wing cockpit, this drone’s four cannons converge on screen, implying a menacing threat. Well, it might be a tad more menacing if the cannons weren’t…

January 26, 2015

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3:30 PM | Small Drone Found On White House Lawn
In his State of the Union Address last week, Obama mentioned drones exactly once. Out of respect for human dignity, he said, our use of drones should be “properly…

January 23, 2015

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11:00 PM | DARPA Wants Drones To Hunt In Packs
Drones work best operating in packs. Last year, a study by the RAND corporation showed that when two or more drones are tracking the same target, they are much more…
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6:45 PM | Should We Put A Drone On Mars?
There is only so much Mars a rover can see from the ground. A drone scout could let the rover see further, so NASA’s working on a small flying robot copter for a future…

January 22, 2015

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4:30 PM | Mexican Meth-Smuggling Drone Crashes Near San Diego
In the transitory space between Mexico’s Tijuana and America’s San Ysidro, the drone flew. Six rotors carried it forward, and strapped to its body were six packets of…

January 21, 2015

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4:15 PM | Watch A Real 3D-Printed Reel Catch Trout
The real test of a futuristic technology like 3D printing is how good it is at practical tasks. This Michael Hackney’s 3D fly reel, tested by a couple of fishermen over at…

January 20, 2015

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8:20 PM | Russian Robot Warrior Drives In A Circle In Front Of Putin
Killer robots are a reliable staple of science fiction, a culmination of humanity’s technological prowess turned against civilization as a cruel, cosmic joke. While this is…
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4:51 PM | This Airplane Can Be Refueled By Sunshine
If there are enough clear summer days in a row, Bye Aerospace’s Sun Flyer may just live up to its name and charge in sunlight. Bye just sold twenty of their distinctive…

January 16, 2015

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7:00 PM | Rapere Is An Anti-Drone Interceptor
For every brand new quadcopter suddenly flying through the neighborhood, there is sure to be an angry neighbor, eager to remove the buzzing pest from the sky. Rapere is a…

January 15, 2015

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4:15 PM | Air Force Wants Research Projects On Aerial Cyberwar
Despite headlines claiming otherwise, cyberwar is not epitomized by stealing Twitter passwords or publishing confidential emails. For militaries fighting wars in the…

January 14, 2015

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6:00 PM | Like-Fueled Algorithm Knows Facebook Users Better Than Their Family
Every day, Facebook learns more and more about each person who uses it. Clicking a “like” affirms an interest and teaches the machine valuable information about its users.

January 13, 2015

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8:45 PM | Finished Dronecraft Carrier Launches Model Airplanes
In November, the flight of a drone from another drone was an ephemeral thing. Recorded on video the entire event lasted less than half the duration of the Wright Brother’s…

January 12, 2015

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4:15 PM | Man Saves Drone From Watery Grave
In less than a minute, this pilot’s maiden flight was about to end under water. Drained of power, the engines on his drone began to fail, and his craft drifted down,…

January 08, 2015

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10:30 PM | For The Second Time Ever, A Cyberattack Causes Physical Damage
The terrifying specter of a future of cyberattacks is that someday, a malicious actor will reach through the internet and cause real, tangible, physical harm. It sounds like a Hollywood plot: a computer is compromised, and suddenly the machinery of a factory is broken. Yet despite the panic, until recently there's only been one such confirmed case. That was Stuxnet, an American-made virus which disrupted an Iranian centrifuge used to enrich uranium in the late 2000s. Then, last month, […]
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7:45 PM | New Kit Turns Drones Into Lifesavers
Lifeguards can only move so fast in water. And tossing a struggling swimmer a life preserver may mean the difference between life and death, but few if any lifeguards are…

January 07, 2015

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7:10 PM | DARPA’s Super Quiet Motorcycle Moves Ahead
In the near future, America’s enemies may soon learn that death comes on two wheels. First announced last year, the SilentHawk is a motorcycle for special forces, the kind…

January 06, 2015

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10:30 PM | Crowdfund A Flying Jet-Powered Drone
By all appearances, JetQuad looks like a supercharged version of the iconic quadcopter body, where a central structure houses controls and four peripheral engines that…

January 05, 2015

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11:00 PM | Air Force Says Robot Warriors Exhausted
A leaked internal memo says the Air Force’s drone division is not only unmanned, but understaffed and overworked. Coming shortly before a major defense budget battle, the…
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5:37 PM | Drone Films Man Changing A Lightbulb 1,500 Feet Above The Ground
On the great windswept plains of South Dakota rises a tower in stark mockery of the flat environment around it. Once that tower, so tall and so sudden, relayed television…

January 02, 2015

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10:30 PM | Watch A Soft Robot Play Beer Pong
On a table arrayed with Solo cups is a taste of the future that 2015 brings us. Humanity has taught a robot to play beer pong, a game normally reserved for frat house…
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7:30 PM | Watch Robot Bobcats Fill A Corvette-Eating Sinkhole
Shiny metallic carapaces once lined the museum floor, a testament to man’s vanity and industrial prowess. Last February, as a reminder of the primal power of earth itself,…
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3:00 PM | Russian Invasion Of Ukraine Spurs New German Tank Design
Germany’s parliament just submitted a budget request to develop a new tank. Nestled inside the budget committee report is the call for a Leopard III development program, to…

December 31, 2014

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8:00 PM | Watch This Drone Helicopter Take Off At Sea
The Fire Scout C’s smooth, gray body is a mockery of helicopter form. Where there should be windows, there are bulbous gray surfaces; where there should be pilots, there…

December 30, 2014

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8:00 PM | These Blimps Are Meant To Protect Washington DC From Missiles Somehow
To protect the nation’s capital from a 21st century threat, the Pentagon is turning to a technology first seen in World War I: blimps. Made by Raytheon, the “Joint Land…
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5:00 PM | Iran's Drone Bombs Will Be Pretty Lousy Cruise Missiles
Iran’s new suicide drone bomb is a wedding of unmanned technology and cruise missile utility. In the tradition of a wedding, the drone's Yasir-style body is borrowed, as…

December 29, 2014

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4:28 PM | Everyone Became A Drone Pilot This Christmas
It’s likely that thousands of Americans opened up drones under their Christmas trees this year. Befitting their arboreal home, many soon found themselves piloted by…
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