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U.S. Soldiers Blind Each Other With Lasers, Blame Lack of Training

What did your mom tell you about pointing lasers in other people's eyes? Apparently, U.S. troops in Iraq have recently suffered a rash of laser "friendly fire" incidents; since November, one unit has experienced 12 such incidents, resulting in the injuries of 14 soldiers. Of the 14, one soldier was permanently blinded in one eye and three more were forced to undergo medical evacuation, according...

Xbox Prepared 18-Year-Old Soldier to Fly Drones

All that time spent gaming may not be time spent poorly after all, according to Joystiq's story of one young man. Last Friday, while being interviewed by Democracy Now! about his new book, 'Wired for War,' author P.W. Singer related the story of one young man who has found success in the military, thanks to the hours he'd logged in front of computer monitors and TV screens. According to Singer,...

US Troops to Receive Handheld Lie Detector Tests

In a move sure to bring the polygraph haters out of the woodwork, the US Army is issuing a handheld lie detector to select soldiers in Afghanistan in order to "root out potential terrorists" and help "narrow the list of suspects after a roadside bombing." The Department of Defense isn't asserting that the device is perfect, but it's hoping the detection capabilities are accurate enough to save...

U.S. Air Force Appoints First Cyber General

By the sounds of our headline, you might think that the U.S. Air Force is extending an olive branch to those workers made of silicon and steel (a.k.a. robots) by promoting its first cyborg general. The truth, however, is slightly less exciting. Lt. Gen. Robert Elder Jr., the new Cyber General, is flesh and blood like the rest of us, and earns that sinister-sounding title by taking command of the...

British Army Testing Tech That Makes Tanks and Troops Invisible

So you may be able to earn college credit learning to speak Klingon, and you can order yourself replicas of many bits of Klingon weaponry. But even though you may wish it otherwise, you have to face facts: Klingons are not real. That other bane of the Starfleet's existence, the cloaking shield, isn't real either. That said, it seems we may be getting closer to invisibility becoming a reality,...

Robot-Cannon Kills Nine People

It's one thing to make (tasteless) jokes about exploding cell phones being the ultimate cause of human extinction, but when a robotic device seemingly goes out of its way to kill its operators, then something may be up. It seems a bug or glitch caused a robotic anti-aircraft gun In South Africa to flip out and kill nine soldiers (and injure a further 14). Details are sparse, but a jam or internal...