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PETMAN humanoid robot ready for the US Army

PETMAN humanoid robot ready for the US Army

Known for developing the quadruped robots the BigDog and AlphaDog, Boston Dynamics has unveiled a new addition in the form of a biped humanoid robot called the PETMAN. Although still sporting a flashing red light in place of a life-like head, the movement and capabilities of the PETMAN is eerily human-like, walking, squatting, doing push-ups and even resisting efforts to push it off balance. See for yourself in the video after the cut.

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US Satellites hacked by Chinese Military says Congressional Commission

US Satellites hacked by Chinese Military says Congressional Commission

While it might seem rather terrifying to think about anyone being able to hack into satellites thousands of miles away hanging precariously above our collective heads, it was back in 2007 and 2008 that this reported incident actually took place. It's just today though that the report has surfaced via Bloomberg who state that a congressional commission annual report (to be released next month) has outlined the interference which took place two times, once in 2007, and another inside 2008. China has reportedly denied any involvement.

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US Predator and Reaper drone fleet hit with virus

US Predator and Reaper drone fleet hit with virus

If anyone I know gets a virus on their computer and wants me to fix it, I don’t bother with anything past antivirus protection. If that doesn't remove the virus, I reformat and reinstall the OS. The US military doesn't always have that option when it comes to drone flights. The Predator and Reaper drone sin the US military arsenal are used for missions ranging from attack to covert surveillance.

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US Army drops $4.8M on 315 Recon Scout XT robots

US Army drops $4.8M on 315 Recon Scout XT robots

The military in all branches is starting to adopt robots and other devices like unmanned drones that can be used to survey a hostile battlefield and keep soldiers out of harms way. There are large robots that can be mounted with weapons of their own to fight the enemy and there are some that are small and meant to help the solider get eyes on a target.

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Alpha Dog robot is just as creepy as Big Dog robot

Alpha Dog robot is just as creepy as Big Dog robot

One of the things that places a limit on how far a military patrol can roam is the amount of gear like food, water, and ammo they can carry with them. The military is working on getting some devices like robots into the field that will be able to carry packs and supplies for soldiers over any terrain. A company called Boston Dynamics has previously unveiled the Big Dog four-legged robot that was sufficiently creepy.

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Oshkosh Defense shows off Light Combat Vehicle for next gen military transport

Oshkosh Defense shows off Light Combat Vehicle for next gen military transport

The US military relies heavily on the Hummer today to get smaller groups of soldiers around on the battlefield and while on missions. The work on the replacement for the Hummer is underway with one company called Oshkosh Defense now showing off its next-generation Light Combat Vehicle dubbed the L-ATV. Oshkosh Defense already provides the military with heavy and medium MRAP vehicles for all sorts of operational needs.

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Crowd Buster shoots massive cloud of pepper spray and blue dye to disperse crowds

Crowd Buster shoots massive cloud of pepper spray and blue dye to disperse crowds

There has been a number of new non-lethal items for police and military use that I have run across lately. When the rioting was at its strongest in London the Crowd Buster may have been just the thing the police needed to get the looters to leave. This device looks like some sort of flamethrower mated with a mosquito fogger. It's actually a rig that is used to spray giant clouds of pepper spray tinted with blue dye.

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Chinese APV for riot control is surprisingly comfy looking inside

Chinese APV for riot control is surprisingly comfy looking inside

I have seen some photos before of the inside of military armored personnel vehicles that are used to keep the people inside safe while in transit. They are generally dark and have nothing more than a web of straps for seats. The Chinese on the other hand have an APC that is used for things like riot control by the police that looks downright inviting compared to the military versions.

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Navy Develops new explosive material better suited to destroying missile in flight

Navy Develops new explosive material better suited to destroying missile in flight

The US Office of Naval Research has announced the successful testing of a new explosive material that can increase the effectiveness of a weapon impact. The new material is made of a high-sensitivity substance that has five times the explosive energy of existing armaments. The material mixes metals and polymers and is as dense as steel with the strength of aluminum.

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Google Maps Celebrates Gadaffi Fall with Central Libyan City Square Name Change

Google Maps Celebrates Gadaffi Fall with Central Libyan City Square Name Change

It's time for a very brief history lesson since this story affords us a brief look at a politically charged situation we generally otherwise wouldn't be taking a look at here on a tech and gadget oriented publication. The situation is the Libyan rebels are advancing on Libya's 40 year leader Muammar Gaddafi. This fellow took power back in 1969 with a group that staged a bloodless coup during which Tripoli, Libya's largest city and capitol, had it's most famous square, constructed by Italian colonial rulers and called "Independence Square" during the post-WWII Libyan monarchy. Soon after Gadaffi took power, he and his regime renamed the area "Green Square" and it's been that way for just about 42 years - until today.

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