What Happens When Your Olympic Site Turns Into a War Zone

The second life of Olympic structures is a challenge to manage for any host city. None, perhaps, offer as stark an image as Sarajevo's battle-scarred Olympic buildings. Eight years after the 1984 winter games, the Bosnian War left the city with buildings full of bullet holes, ski slopes dotted with land mines, and a graveyard just outside the very stadium that held the opening ceremony. Read More >>

TALOS "Iron Man" Exoskeleton Army Armour Ready for Trials

Remember the "Iron Man" exoskeleton that the US Army was looking into providing its troops in the near future? It's taken a step towards becoming a common sight on the battlefield, as the sci-fi armour is now said to be about to enter field testing. Read More >>

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The US Navy's DDG1000 Looks Pretty Great (When it's Animated)

America's new Zumwalt-class destroyer employs some of the most advanced technology in naval history. From cutting edge power and propulsion systems to mission-adaptable missile launchers, this comparative animation from Raytheon illustrates the new vessel's impressive capabilities. Read More >>

Report: NSA Phone Data Guides Drone Strikes Which Kill Innocents

According to a new report, the phone data from NSA phone surveillance is regularly used to carry out drone strikes—which have killed innocent people along the way. Read More >>

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Fighter Pilots Couldn't Ask for a Better Wingman Than the Little Buddy

Evading RF (radar frequency) missiles is not unlike running from a bear. You don't have to outrun the threat itself but merely offer up a more tasty morsel instead—be that your podgy mate or, in the case of air combat, a juicy decoy with an enormous radar cross-section. Read More >>

BAE's Taranis Combat Drone Now Flying Above the UK

The MoD and BAE Systems have revealed that the Taranis unmanned combat vehicle was undergoing secret test flights in the UK last year, with the drone carrying out several flights in our airspace -- some lasting for as long as one hour. Read More >>

This Simple Invention Seals Gunshot Wounds in 15 Seconds Flat

To stop bleeding, apply pressure—with tiny sponges. A group of veterans, scientists, and engineers in Oregon have a developed a device that uses small medical sponges to stop bleeding from gunshot wounds in just 15 seconds. Read More >>

The Time the US Invaded a Japanese Submarine Base... in Alaska?

An absolutely fascinating but little-known story—described as a "forgotten theatre" by the US Navy itself—is the tale of Kiska and Attu, Alaska: two remote Aleutian islands where the Japanese military established a submarine base during World War II. Read More >>

The History of Invisibility and the Future of Camouflage

In 2004, the U.S. Army made a colossal mistake. It introduced a new digital camouflage called the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), a single pattern designed to work across all environments. Only a few months later, however, as the war in Iraq was intensifying by the day, every soldier on the ground knew the truth: by trying to work in every situation, UCP worked in none of them. Read More >>

The US Army Wants to Replace Up to 25 Per Cent of its Soldiers With Robots

Cash strapped and somewhat adrift in terms of missions, the US Army is in the midst of an existential crisis. Once ballooning in budget and size, their Army now says it wants to be "a smaller, more lethal, deployable, and agile force." And it's going to need robots to do it right. Read More >>

NASA's Astronaut Escape Plan Uses Hand-Me-Down Army Trucks

Last December, a free shipment of four heavily armoured vehicles arrived at NASA courtesy of the U.S. military. The Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) are all veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they're about to embark on an unexpected second life as getaway vehicles in case something goes horribly wrong at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Read More >>

Mathematician Calculates How to Survive First 30 Minutes of Nuclear War

We're more than half a century past 1960, when the Doomsday Clock ticked down to two minutes before midnight. Yet, despite the steady outpouring of movies and TV shows featuring rogue nukes and dirty bombs, fewer and fewer people actively worry about a nuclear bomb going off. That being said: Do you know where and when to take shelter if it does? Read More >>

These Computer-Guided "Smart" Rifles Will Make Anyone a Crack Shot

Not every soldier out there is a quick-drawing Billy The Kid -- some need a little more help when it comes to dealing death on the battlefield. A new breed of computer-aided weaponry could however, for better or worse, help make sure that their aim is true. Read More >>

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China's New Hypersonic Missile Can Scream Past US Air Defences

Just what we need, another arms race. China's stepping up its bid for ballistic missile superiority, having just successfully test-fired the country's first hypersonic missile delivery vehicle, one capable of penetrating American air defences to potentially deliver nuclear warheads. The Pentagon is not amused. Read More >>

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Israel's National Missile Shield Could Shoot Satellites Out of Orbit

Israel doesn't get on too well with its Arab neighbours, and the threat of annihilation by ballistic missile is always present. To defend itself against this potential threat, Israel has built an Iron Dome-like defence system that covers the entire nation. But if this system can exo-atmospherically neutralise incoming ICBM's, what's to keep it from shooting passing satellites clean out of the sky? Read More >>

Virtual Bin-Laden Could Issue Fatwas Through World of Warcraft for "Hundreds of Years"

He may be dead, but the threat from Osama Bin-Laden lives on in cyberspace according to British and American intelligence services who believe the Al-Qaeda leader could still spread propaganda using in-game avatars. Read More >>


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