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Marines to test drone-killing laser Humvees by 2016

Marines to test drone-killing laser Humvees by 2016

Military Humvees with lasers capable of shooting down drones should be ready for field-testing by 2016, preparing for a new age of warfare where unmanned, remotely-controlled weapons platforms attack from the skies. The Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move program (GBAD) aims to equip US Marines with highly portable anti-drone weapon systems, significantly miniaturized versus the lasers the US Navy will test on battleships later this year.

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Y2K finally hits: Draft notices sent to the dead

Y2K finally hits: Draft notices sent to the dead

This is not a joke - it’s a computer error. What’s happened in Pennsylvania this past week will not require thousands of elderly or otherwise dead men to go to war, but it should inspire some giggles. A computer error has resulted in more than 14,000 draft sign-up reminders being sent out to men born between the years 1893 and 1897.

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Stringer uses Virtual Reality with Oculus for battlefield safety

Stringer uses Virtual Reality with Oculus for battlefield safety

While the virtual reality gaming universe appears to be taking off, the Oculus Rift VR headset is being used for a wide variety of purposes - like personal safety in a war zone. What the creators behind "Stringer" have done is to make a VR environment in which journalists - or the interested onlooker - can get as close as possible to a battlefield situation without actually being there. Once inside, the user sees what it’s like attempting to cover a war.

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