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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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Russian Tank Constructed in China for Theme Park in Mongolia

Russian Tank Constructed in China for Theme Park in Mongolia

While some call it a copy of the Russian T62, others note that it appears more likely that the maker of this monster saw a Panzer II tank and copied it complete with an M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun on a completely new looking turret. Regardless, this is a gigantic war tank created by a civilian by the name of Hao JinXi whose private manufacturing enterprise specializes in the production of a certain single type of tourist train. Why on earth he decided to drop 800,000 Japanese yuans (something like $9,400 USD) on a completely newly manufactured version of an out-of-use tank is quite simple.

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Simplistic Lockheed drone flies like a maple seed

Simplistic Lockheed drone flies like a maple seed

If you have ever set and watched the seeds drop from maple trees in the fall you know the inspiration for the new drone that Lockheed Martin has developed. The maple seeds have a strange single wing design and when they fall from the tree, they twirl their way to the ground in a slow fall not that unlike a helicopter.

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Hypersonic Glider Loses Contact with US Military as Speed Test Takes Place [UPDATE: Statement Released]

Hypersonic Glider Loses Contact with US Military as Speed Test Takes Place [UPDATE: Statement Released]

In a bid to become the fastest plane in the world, the US Military has at least temporarily lost contact with prototype Falcon Hypsersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) during its second test flight. This plane was designed as a global bombing prototype and was capable of a magnificent 20 times the speed of sound. This unmanned prototype plane was launched successfully today aboard a Minotaur IV rocket but was lost as the plane separated from the rocket in the upper bit of the atmosphere and began it's "glide" phase. All of this is according to DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the USA.

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Lockheed Martin HALE-D airship flies for first time

Lockheed Martin HALE-D airship flies for first time

Lockheed Martin has been working on a new generation of airships, which I have always called blimps. Decades ago, the airship was seen as the future of passenger flight across the country and between continents. The airship was quickly surpassed in capability by aircraft and thanks to notable disasters it was relegated to use for advertising and filming sporting events for the most part.

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MAUL shotgun fires up to five Taser shells as fast as you can pull the trigger

MAUL shotgun fires up to five Taser shells as fast as you can pull the trigger

I think it's a great thing that police and military have weapons at their disposal that will allow them to stop someone committing a crime without having to use lethal means. Almost all police in my area also carry a Taser so they can Tase a bro instead of the alternative. The catch is that most of those Tasers have to be very close to work. That isn’t the case anymore with some of the weapons that military and law enforcement can use.

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Navy testing remote controlled jet ski to detect swimming attackers

Navy testing remote controlled jet ski to detect swimming attackers

The US military is constantly adding new remotely controlled and automated weapons and surveillance systems to its arsenal. The USAF has a fleet of drones that can perform surveillance at a location or attack targets when they have weapons onboard. The US Navy is now testing out a remotely controlled platform of its own that will be used to patrol harbors where Navy ships are docked.

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Pentagon Announces Cyberspace as Operational Domain

Pentagon Announces Cyberspace as Operational Domain

Time to grab your Androids and equip them with pistols, all you cyber-attack ladies and gentlemen, because the Pentagon has decided to tap the ON button on when it comes to defending the United States Government when it comes to hacking. On Thursday, Pentagon officials announced that it would begin treating "cyberspace" as an operational domain, the same as land, sea, and air. This comes amid, but not directly in response to, an announcement that the Pentagon had very recently lost 24,000 files in a major network breach.

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Haptic belts steer soldiers in the right direction

Haptic belts steer soldiers in the right direction

All I know of communication on the battlefield when you can't talk is what I see in the movies. It apparently involves many hand signals from what I can tell. A new system that uses belts loaded with sensors and feedback from vibrating motors may replace those hand gestures in the future. It sounds like some of the tech that is in video games today. The solider would wear the haptic feedback belt and it could guide them along a route without the fighter having to look down to follow a GPS or map.

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