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Researchers develop world’s thinnest invisibility cloak

Researchers develop world’s thinnest invisibility cloak

Researchers have created what some are dubbing the real-world equivalent of Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, which measures in at just 0.15mm thin, a far cry from the bulky invisibility devices that have been created in the past. In addition, rather than using metamaterials like other invisibility cloaks, this one is made from copper and polycarbonate.

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Ukrainian killer dolphins are on the loose

Ukrainian killer dolphins are on the loose

So apparently the Ukrainian Navy trains killer dolphins. That's not the most shocking news you'll hear all day. Apparently 3 out of the 5 killer dolphins that they have trained have run away from base, presumably to look for a mate to hook up with (at least that's what experts believe). The dolphins took off during a training exercise held at Sevastopol Aquarium around February 24th. They're equipped with pistols and knives, and yes, they know how to use them.

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Defense Department signs deal for a smartphone tool to scan biometrics

Defense Department signs deal for a smartphone tool to scan biometrics

A company from California called AOptix has landed a deal with the Department of Defense for a biometric identification system that it produces. This biometry identification system loads on a smartphone and is shown in the image below embedded in a mockup device. The tool hopes to allow soldiers in the field to record facial features, iris scans, and other details of suspicious people up close or from a distance.

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Drone drama as British military admits hundreds of lost UAVs

Drone drama as British military admits hundreds of lost UAVs

Over 400 drones ranging from palm-sized helicopters to a $16m combat-capable Reaper have been lost in action, blown up, or simply stopped working over the past five years, the British military has admitted. The Ministry of Defence has not put a final total on how much the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) deployment, which has taken place in Afghanistan and Iraq, has cost, but a new report on drone incidents has detailed the breadth of losses involved, the Guardian reports.

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Pentagon deems interceptor missile test a success

Pentagon deems interceptor missile test a success

Over the weekend, a test was conducted on a Boeing designed ground-based defense system designed to protect the United States from ballistic missile attacks. The Pentagon has deemed the missile interceptor test a success. The test involved launching a three-stage interceptor from a silo located on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Microsoft scores $617 million contract with Department of Defense

Microsoft scores $617 million contract with Department of Defense

Microsoft has scored a $617 million contract with the Department of Defense, something it touts as the most comprehensive agreement it has ever formed with the Defense Department. Under the agreement, the Air Force, Army, and Defense Information Systems Agency will have access to Microsoft products including Windows 8. Says the announcement, this agreement covers almost 75-percent of the Defense Department's personnel.

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Alta Devices unveils world’s lightest solar charging mats, aims them at the military

Alta Devices unveils world’s lightest solar charging mats, aims them at the military

Alta Devices has announced "the future of mobile power," claiming to have the world's lightest, most high-density military solar charging mats. Such technology has the potential to change a soldier's every day life, with about a third of their very heavy loads - which can exceed 100 pounds - being caused by batteries. By using their charging mats, Alta Devices claims to be able to reduce pack load weight by 25lbs.

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DARPA is working on 100 Gbps wireless technology with 120-mile range

DARPA is working on 100 Gbps wireless technology with 120-mile range

DARPA works with some the most insanely cool projects for the military and other uses in the world. Some of the coolest projects that DARPA works on have to do with robotics and aircraft, but DARPA has many other projects in the works as well. One of those other projects is work that recently began on the development of a wireless communication system capable of 100 Gbps data transfers with a range of 124 miles.

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