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This Bionic Ankle Walks Like it's Alive

The human lower leg is a marvel of biological engineering—it lets you have a long, strong stride while minimising exertion and joint strain. But conventional spring and hydraulically-driven prosthesis worn by amputees offer no such benefit and can cause osteoarthritis-inducing skeletal strains. The BiOM T2 system aims to rectify that. Read More >>

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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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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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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 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 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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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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This Russian Doomsday Plane is President Putin's Personal Escape Pod

America isn't the only superpower with a "Doomsday Plane" for its head of state. When Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to escape danger, he hops aboard this top-secret flying communications centre. Read More >>

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GE's Wind Turbine Tester Puts Gigantic Drivetrains Through Hell

Modern multi-megawatt wind turbines are downright gargantuan, standing more than 200 metres tall with 80 metre blades spinning 190 mph at the tip. To make sure that these monolithic machines are up for 20 years of energy production, GE has created a tortuous test bed capable of sucking 20 years of life from a turbine in a matter of months. Read More >>

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The USMC's Amphibious Tank Killer Gets a New Pop-up Missile Launcher

The US Marine Corps is the tip of America's spear—a fast-moving, flexible, forward operating force geared to take and hold territory quickly and efficiently. This flexibility is exemplified in the USMC's favourite armoured troop carrier: the eight-wheeled, tank-hunting LAV-AT. The only thing it can't do is fly. Read More >>

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This Super-Sized Cargo Plane Carries NASA's Biggest Loads

When NASA needs to ship its outsized spacecraft components between production, testing, and launch facilities around the country, there is only one plane big enough, powerful enough, and—most importantly—wide enough to do the job: the Aero Spacelines Super Guppy. Read More >>

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Researchers Make an Infrared-Invisible Tank That Would Fit Right Into Tron

This is the PL-01 concept tank, a three-crew 35-tonne tank that can turn itself invisible to infrared missiles thanks to a mesh of thermal tiles that change their temperature to match the environment. Oh, and it looks straight out of the world of Tron. Read More >>

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The Lick Observatory's Newest Telescope is an Exoplanet Hunting Robot

Exoplanets—planets orbiting stars that aren't our Sun—seem to be popping out of the cosmic woodwork now that we know where and how to look for them. The Kepler mission alone has discovered 961 of them, and it's only looking at a tiny sliver of distant space. Just think of how many we'll find when the new James Lick robotic telescope comes online and starts surveying one thousand of our closest solar neighbors. Read More >>

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Reaper Drones Might Add Dual-Mode Brimstone Missiles to Their Arsenal

Just in case the RQ-9 Reaper wasn't effective enough as it is, the DoD is considering adding a hyper-accurate, collateral damage-minimising supersonic missile to its armament. These things are nuts. Read More >>

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This Deep Diving Robosub Could Find the Remnants of Flight 370

As the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 comes to a frustrating and unsuccessful close, the likelihood of locating the plane's final resting place are astronomically small. However, where an international fleet of search vessels and scanning satellites have failed, this autonomous submarine from Bluefin Robotics could very well succeed. Read More >>

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