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April 24, 2015

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9:30 PM | Is This Weird 3-Story Solar Powered Jet The Airliner Of The Future?
The Progress Eagle is a gigantic concept airliner by designer Oscar Viñals. It's an amazing air transit behemoth, with solar panels and a giant wind turbine, all for a…
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8:30 PM | Drones Fly Over Melting Arctic Ice For Science
North of Norway, the robots wait. From a laboratory on Svalbard, a team of researchers led by Christopher Zappa of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory…
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7:45 PM | Falcon With GPS Could Save Birds From Wind Turbines
Falcons are perfected aerial machines, evolved over millennia to be very, very good at being falcons. Unfortunately, upstart Homo sapiens have put a few obstacles in the…
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5:15 PM | Human And Drone Swim With Alaskan Sharks
The normal human response to reports of a deadly shark in the water is to boil the sea, move inland, and spend the rest of one’s life in peaceful isolation at the top of a…

April 23, 2015

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9:00 PM | Maine Search And Rescue Company Gets FAA Approval To Use Drones
Drones are well known for their ability to search. Now, an emergency rescue service in Maine is going to see how well drones can do rescue too. Down East Emergency Medical…
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7:15 PM | Homemade Iron Man Glove Fires Lasers
Patrick Priebe isn’t Iron Man, but he’s getting pretty close. In a video uploaded to YouTube earlier this week, the Priebe shows off his homemade Iron Man gauntlet, which…

April 22, 2015

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5:30 PM | Drone Bombs Crops With Beneficial Bugs
A lot of agriculture is bug herding. Predators and pesticides keep the bad bugs off, while strategically placed plants attract the good bugs. It’s a lot of work, but a…
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1:30 PM | Iran Reveals Small Armed Robot Car
Iran’s new Nazir robot car has a deadly secret. Inside the unmanned ground vehicle, there’s a mechanical arm and what appears to be the cylindrical casings for two…

April 21, 2015

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10:00 PM | Watch This Robot Hydra Race Across The Water
At first glance it looks like a rogue jet ski speeding through the water, rider nowhere to be found. Al Seer Marine’s Hydra unmanned surface vessel (or sea drone) is a…
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8:45 PM | Drone-Proofing The Boston Marathon
To protect this year's Boston Marathon runners and spectators from drone-borne threats, a Washington, D.C.-based company patrolled the event with drone-detecting sensors…
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4:01 PM | Marine V-22 Osprey Shoots Kamikaze Drones Out Its Backside
Whatever comes out the back-end of the V-22 Osprey is a guaranteed load of unpleasantness, whether it’s a troop of Marines or a Jeep-like Phantom Badger. As a tiltrotor,…

April 20, 2015

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5:35 PM | South Korea Unveils Fast Tiltrotor Drone Prototype
As broadcast by the Republic of Korea’s Arirang television network last night, a brand-new Korean tiltrotor drone took to the skies for the first time. The TR-60 can fly…

April 17, 2015

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9:30 PM | Bomb Squad Robot Delivers Pizza, Saves A Man's Life
Sometimes, a kind hand holding out a pizza is enough, even if that hand is attached to the mechanical arm of a bomb squad robot. On Monday, California Highway Patrol…
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8:45 PM | Watch This Autonomous Drone Eat Fuel In The Sky
We are so far in the future of aircraft that a stealthy autonomous flying wing simply existing is just sort of a given. The U.S. Navy’s X-47B is a test platform, designed…
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5:45 PM | Fans Gasp In Awe At New 'Star Wars' Trailer
Much like Darth Vader after his fateful fight against Obi Wan on Mustafar, Star Wars fans have been burnt before. The last time new live-action Star Wars films came back to…

April 16, 2015

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10:00 PM | NASA Tests Cartoonish Flying Wing Drone
NASA’s Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT) looks like a kid’s cartoon drawing of an airplane crossed with a stingray, and it comes with the appropriately pet-esque…
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5:30 PM | The Navy Wants Anti-Drone Lasers On Trucks
The Navy is building a system of trucks that will fight drones with lasers, and they’re advertising them with all the thrill and excitement of a second-quarter earnings…
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1:45 PM | Underwater Robot Surprised By Sperm Whale [Video]
Don’t call it Ishmael; the remotely operated underwater vehicle is named Hercules. Used by the Nautilus Live expedition to explore the depths of the sea, Hercules is one of…

April 15, 2015

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9:45 PM | What Is A Gyrocopter And Why Did This Man Land One On The Capitol Lawn?
Earlier today, a postman from Ruskin, Florida, landed a gyrocopter on the east lawn of the United States Capitol building. Doug Hughes claimed his flight was intended as a…
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7:30 PM | Asparagus Delivery Drone Catches Fire In Netherlands
Drones offer a lot of potential for farmers, from shining lights on crops at night to better tracking just how well crops are growing. At an asparagus farm in the…

April 14, 2015

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9:30 PM | Marsh Drone Floats On Water To Search Murky Depths Below
Drones are not really known for their amphibiosity. Most quadcopters handle water so poorly that their pilots will dive into canals to save them. Waterproof drones are…

April 13, 2015

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9:15 PM | Phone Flies A Drone With Its Own Internal Camera
In terms of hardware, function, and ability, a simple enough commercial drone is often little more than a cell phone with wings (or rotors, as the case may be). Small…
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8:30 PM | Sure, Just Give A Robot A Sword
In this eight-second clip, a sword-fighting robot successfully parries a human attacker. Both are wielding foam swords, which is a good safety practice and makes them look…
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5:30 PM | New Attack Helicopter Set To Enter Russian Service
When Russia got two competing designs for an attack helicopter, the country did something very unusual from a U.S. Department of Defense perspective: It adopted one right…
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4:35 PM | Smaug The Komodo Dragon Gets A Prosthetic Leg
In Houston, there lives a dragon. Strong of spirit, species of komodo, this dragon was also weak of body. After spotting Smaug walking in an unusual manner, zookeepers made…

April 10, 2015

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10:00 PM | Washington State Considers A Bridge Built From Aircraft Carriers
War takes a toll. And in Washington, former warships may take a toll as well--from drivers and motorists. As part of the state highway budget passed yesterday, Washington…

April 09, 2015

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8:00 PM | Tiny Drone Lands On Giant Helipad [Video]
In this video, a quadcopter piloted by the crew at Drone Adventures takes a leisurely approach to the 1,053-foot-tall Burj Al-Arab, and then gently arrives at the helipad. It’s no eagle flying from the world’s tallest building, but it’s nice to know that even one of the world’s strangest wedding venues isn’t free from drones. Watch it below:…

April 08, 2015

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10:00 PM | Marines Test Specialized Radar For Fighting Drones
For decades, infantry’s problem with planes has been that they’re hard to reach because they’re far away. Anti-aircraft weapons must be used to keep bombers and fighters…
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6:15 PM | India Undocks Its First Stealth Submarine
If everything goes as planned, no one will see India’s new navy coming. The nation is committed to building a stealthy fleet, and now that vision has come one step closer…

April 07, 2015

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9:15 PM | IARPA Wants A Magical All-In-One Chemical Detection Tool
America’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency is filled with a bunch of nerds. At the very least, they’ve got a Lord of the Rings fan in their acronym-making…
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