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PEW PEW! U.S. Navy Fires Lasers at Sea

Good news, everyone! The future is finally here, and we'll soon leave bullets behind for a much sexier laser alternative, filled with "PEW PEW" and plenty of cat-shaped guns. The U.S. Navy successfully fired a high-energy laser at another boat, continuing its research into using lasers to blind or disable smaller vessels. The BBC has video but no sound, so you'll have to improvise the "BEYOO! BEYO...

E-Ink Camo Used to Make Tanks 'Invisible'

British scientists are developing an active camouflage system for tanks that uses electronic ink to project images of the surrounding terrain onto the armored vehicle's shell. According to The Telegraph, electronic sensors would be placed on the tank's exterior. These sensors scan the environment, and use the e-ink to project colors, lines and shapes onto the tank's hull -- turning the vehicle ne...

Scientists Show Off Device That Prints Jello-Like Skin Grafts

Earlier this year, Invetech and Organovo embarked on a joint plan to "print" living tissue (quite different from the more frivolous 3-D printing exploits of other developers). Then, in April, the U.S. Army and Wake Forest University's Institute for Regenerative Medicine started talking up a skin-printing system that laser-maps a wounded area, and -- using two "print heads" -- layers the injury wi...

Iran Introduces Flying Boats With Machine Guns, Scares Nobody

What's better than a machine gun-equipped military boat? A machine gun-equipped military boat that flies, of course -- and, apparently, Iran now has one. As part of the country's Sacred Week of Defense, which commemorates its eight-year war with Iraq, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps unveiled three squadrons of new flying boats yesterday to the delight of the handful of people who actually sup...

Real-World 'Iron Man' XOS 2 Suit Demonstrated by 'Iron Man' Actor

Sarcos first revealed its XOS human exoskeleton prototype several years ago, and the empowering super suit immediately elicited references to Tony Stark and 'Iron Man.' Raytheon, the defense contractor responsible for numerous apps of mass destruction and the intolerable Active Denial System "pain ray," has been aiding the development of the Stark-esque Sarcos technology, and a new video demonstr...

Stingray 'Water Blade' Could Help Destroy IEDs in Afghanistan

Later this year, U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan will have a new method for detonating improvised explosive devices (IEDs). According to The Daily Mail, troops will expand their arsenals with a device called The Stingray, which uses H20 and a small amount of munition to create a 'blade' of water capable of penetrating steel. The Stingray, small enough to be carried by robots, can be placed far away f...

Raytheon Corners the Apps of Mass Destruction Market

The scientists with Raytheon Company consistently engineer intimidating and inspiring defense technology. During a recent exercise, the military contractors demonstrated the awesome capabilities of an anti-aircraft laser system, and now Raytheon plans to upgrade another of its aerial defense programs. The firm, which previously made its foray into iPhone territory with the One Force Tracker ap...

Military Says Pain Ray Is Deployed in Afghanistan, Still Not Being Used

Just last month, the Pentagon confirmed that its 'pain ray' weapon had been sent to Afghanistan. However, nobody would say whether or not the non-lethal device, also known as the Active Denial System, had been tested or deployed. Now, according to BBC News, Raytheon's 'pain ray,' which uses a focused invisible beam to generate an intolerable burning sensation, is being carried by U.S. troops in...

HULC Exoskeleton Successfully Endures Latest Round of Army Testing

Lockheed Martin and Berkeley Bionics have been developing a super soldier exoskeleton for approximately five years, and the gear's Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) acronym already surpasses the requisite geeky abbreviation expectations. With the technology, which resembles ordinary leg braces, soldiers can effortlessly bear 200 pounds and execute "deep squats, crawls and upper-body lifting w...

South Korea Deploys Robot Sentry on North Korean Border

While the West's tiff with the Reds might have cooled in recent years, such is not the case in Asia, where South Korea and North Korea eye one another with suspicion and animosity. So, leave it to South Korea, which clearly has the whole technology thing figured out, to deploy robot soldiers along its northern border. Based on the testimonies of unidentified South Korean military officials, th...

Robotic LittleDog Can Now Follow You Home... From the Depths of Hell

Robotic engineers seem to focus an inordinate amount of time constructing cute, little doggy-bots, perhaps because no one expects man's best friend to lead the apocalyptic rebellion. Robo-dogs keep the elderly company, perform in orchestras and dance to Outkast. Some wack-jobs have even suggested that universities adopt cyber-mutts as their official mascots. Creators from the increasingly terri...

Twitter, Facebook Finally Freed as US Military Lets Stationed Soldiers Sign On

Social networking sites may offer a plenitude of distractions for us civilian folk. But in the U.S. military, apparently, the potential benefits of sites like Twitter and Facebook far outweigh any downsides. After an expansive, seven-month review conducted by the Defense Department, the Pentagon has decided to allow soldiers and military civilian leaders to use social networking and blogging si...

Military Developing Leaping Robots for Urban Exploration

The two developers of the most frightening and impressive robots in the United States are joining forces to create an incredible new high-flying bot, reports the BBC. The Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (creator of the terrifying EATR-bot that can sustain itself on human flesh) first developed the awesome Precision Urban Hopper. Boston Dynamics (the firm that de...

Luxury Yacht Owners Outfitting Ships to Fend Off Pirates

We've covered pirates of various types numerous times. Most of them have been the digital sort, particularly those belonging to the so-called Pirate Bay (some of whom are now doing a little time behind bars). However, it's pirates of a very different, rather more traditional type that are threatening wealthy cruisers, and many ship owners are spending millions to outfit their giant yachts with ...

World's Largest Laser Finally Complete

Watch out, Alderaan; the world's largest laser is finally complete. Created to blast tiny hydrogen atoms into a self-sustaining fusion reaction, the giant laser system -- located in Livermore, California -- is known as the National Ignition Facility (NIF). According to the Daily Mail, the system is comprised of 192 laser beams and is 60 times more powerful than the next most powerful laser. It'll...