January 27, 2015

7:45 PM | A Brief History of Humor’s Power and Danger
An understanding of the power and concomitant danger of humor has never been as necessary as it is today. Humor was the impetus for the brutal slaying of 12 employees of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and for threats of violence from North Korea over the release of the U.S. comedy movie “The Interview,” but […]

January 23, 2015

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…
1:00 PM | China Launches Three Warships In One Day, Setting A New Record
China's Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard sets a new record by launching three large warships, all in one day, to kick off a busy year.

January 20, 2015

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…

January 16, 2015

7:30 AM | Psychotherapy for UK military veterans: demographics and clinical outcomes
Mark Smith reports on a study of psychotherapy for UK military veterans, using an IAPT service, which focuses on the demographic characteristics and clinical outcomes of early service leavers and veterans. The post Psychotherapy for UK military veterans: demographics and clinical outcomes appeared first on The Mental Elf.

January 15, 2015

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…
2:30 PM | We Flew Two Top Secret Stealth Drones. You Can, Too.
As research for our January 2015 feature story about stealth new aircraft, we created virtual models of the coolest new drones in the sky—the Northrop Grumman RQ-180 and…

January 14, 2015

8:54 PM | The hidden neurological impact of explosions on military members
More bad news for war Veterans, the brains of some Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who survived blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and died later of other causes show a distinctive honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen nerve fibers throughout critical brain regions, including those that control executive function. The pattern is different from […]

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January 12, 2015

5:00 PM | Can A Boulder Stop A Speeding Truck? A Forceful New Study Investigates
In the video above, a truck smashes spectacularly into a boulder. For science. While it might seem like the kind of experiment only dreamed of by 10-year-old kids, the…
1:26 PM | Explainer: How Powerful is Australia?
This nation surrounded by water patrols its coastal seas with a defense force and is strong relative to its geographic neighborhood, but it's a bit more modestly powerful in global terms. Trace explains.

January 08, 2015

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, […]
2:35 PM | Explainer: How Some Nations Get by Without Their Own Military
It might sound surprising, given the world's troubled times, but there are currently 23 countries that don't employ an active military. Find out how they get by in an increasingly violent 21st century.

January 07, 2015

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 05, 2015

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…

January 02, 2015

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

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

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…
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

8:17 PM | Inside The New Stealth Arsenal
A top secret class of autonomous drones is changing the way war is waged…
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