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Northrop's Flying Ram Would Have Sliced Enemy Planes in Midair

War drives technological innovation like little else. No proposal is too ambitious, impractical, or downright foolhardy for consideration if it provides a strategic advantage. This school of thinking has led to atomic bombs, autonomous vehicles, and, in 1945, a short-lived fighter prototype that could cut through enemy aircraft in midair. Read More >>

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Seven Ingenious Trains That Slide Up the Slopes So You Don't Have To

Walk? Like up that giant hill? Yeah, no. This ain't the 15th century, we have funiculars for that now. In fact, here are seven of the swankiest ground-based gondolas to ever put the "fun" in "climbing steep-ass inclines without breaking a sweat". Read More >>

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The Future of Interstellar Communication Goes "Pew, Pew, Pew"

It's no subspace transceiver but this prototype communicator bound for the ISS could revolutionise how we share data over the vast expanses of solar space. It will deliver Gigabit speeds through deep space. Read More >>

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How We Could Save the World From Global Warming Before Our Time is Up

We've blown our chances of fully counteracting the effects of climate change; recently-released reports from the International Energy Agency and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) provide plenty of evidence. But all hope is not yet lost, we've still got a small chance to keep from irreversibly poisoning our atmosphere. Here's what the world's governments must do to save the Earth before we cook ourselves clean off the face of the planet. Read More >>

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OSIRIS-REx Wants to Lasso an Asteroid to Explain Life on Earth

NASA has a plan to better explore how our own local star system, and life within it, got started. It wants to intercept, study, and sample a passing asteroid. The only thing more impressive than this mission's astronomical level of precision is how the space agency somehow shoehorned "Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer" into a functional acronym. Read More >>

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This Indigenous Iranian UAV is the Poor Man's Predator Drone

Iran's previous attempts at creating an indigenous UAV fleet have been rather, well, comical. However, with recent sightings of a this medium-altitude, long-endurance flyer in the skies over Damascus, Iran's drone program may have finally reached the big time. Read More >>

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Shooting Down a Tiny Drone is Nearly Impossible, Even With Machine Guns

I turns out, those drone hunting permits that Colorado wisely declined to issue earlier this year man not have done much good anyway. As this video shows, hitting a drone on the wing is really, really hard. Even if you bring fully automatic weapons to the party. Read More >>

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Ah, Looks Like the Acid's Finally Kicking In

David Lynch, famed director of iconic Hollywood films like Eraserhead and Dune, is also a kickass musician. Here, he's put his madleet remixing skills to work, reimagining Ultraísta's afrobeat-infused electronica single, "Strange Formula." He didn't touch the video though, it was that psychedelic when he got there. Read More >>

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Spray-Painting Graffiti Drone Not Nearly as Effective as You'd Think

Robots may be taking our jobs throughout agriculture and industry, but the the duty of defacing architecture is likely to remain in the hands of humans for the immediate future if this semi-autonomous spray-paint drone is any evidence. Read More >>

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This 80 MPH Badger Fits in the Belly of an Osprey

US ground forces are about to get an awesome new whip from Boeing's Phantom Works: a petite combat support vehicle combining power, speed, and all-terrain traction to deliver soldiers to just about anywhere on Earth—without all the hiking. Read More >>

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This Oculus Rift-Powered Light Cycle Sim is the Ultimate Arcade Game

The Oculus Rift hasn't even made it out of beta testing and it's already changing the world for the better—at least for one dedicated developer. He's integrated one into an incredible, full-scale Tron: Legacy light cycle replica. Strap on a headset and hop aboard, we're going racing. Read More >>

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This Special Ops Missile Prioritises Precision

Despite their generally overwhelming combat prowess, many large US naval vessels remain vulnerable to small, fast-moving speedboats. But with the latest iteration of Raytheon's multi-role precision missile, that won't be a problem for much longer. Read More >>

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Dropbox is Making Online Collaboration Less Conflicting

Dropbox is set to receive a slew of new features, the popular cloud storage service announced at a press conference in San Francisco yesterday. Here's what's in store for users. Read More >>

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Every Helicopter in the US Military Could Soon Be a Drone

The MQ-8 Fire Scout might be the US military's marquee pilotless helicopter, but it's not the only one. A pair of R/C Kaman K-Max K-1200 choppers have proven their value resupplying forward operating bases in Afghanistan and, now, the Department of Defence is developing a system to turn any helicopter into a remotely operated whirley bird. Read More >>

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How Armour is Evolving to Beat Tank-Smashing RPGs

Like the AK-47, the Soviet RPG-7 rocket propelled grenade has become one of the most widely-distributed infantry weapons on Earth, used by everyone from E8 nations to guerilla insurgency groups in every major conflict since Vietnam. But their ubiquitousness nature has kicked off a global race focused on how to beat them. Read More >>

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How to Make the Switch from Windows XP

As of Tuesday, the venerable Windows XP operating system is going kaput. Microsoft is pulling update support for the OS, leaving it vulnerable to rapidly mutating cyber threats. There's precious little time to make sure your computer isn't left to the wilds of the Internet. Here's how to make the jump to the modern era of personal computing. Read More >>

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