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Incredible Ghost boat is perfect Bond villain runabout

Incredible Ghost boat is perfect Bond villain runabout

It looks like a half-submerged X-Wing, or maybe a Star Trek Shuttle, but it's actually Ghost, one American start-up's vision for what an attack helicopter designed for the navy might look like. Mustering 4,000 HP from two engines on the end of powered legs, Ghost promises to whip across the ocean in a supercavitation bubble, avoiding radar and with a silky smooth ride for the crew inside.

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Navy tests X-47B drone in carrier operations with manned aircraft

Navy tests X-47B drone in carrier operations with manned aircraft

The US Navy has tested the drone X-47B in carrier operations alongside manned aircraft, seeing how it functions as part of the larger overall system. Not surprisingly, the drone did excellent, working alongside the manned F/A-18. This will lead to additional tests in the future, according to the Navy.

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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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Malaysian Plane Crash details create social media wildfire

Malaysian Plane Crash details create social media wildfire

Starting with a Malaysia Airline Tweet at 10:36 CST today, the world quickly became aware of a problem with Flight MH17 over Ukranian airspace. This civilian flight originated in Amsterdam and was headed to Kuala Lumpur. The Ukranian presidency has confirmed the crash officially.

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MH-6 Little Bird: the military’s super-fast and small combat helicopter

MH-6 Little Bird: the military’s super-fast and small combat helicopter

Big combat aircraft offer big perks, protective armor arguably being at the top of the list. They're not always ideal in certain situations, however, and that's where the military's tiny (relatively speaking) MH-6 Little Bird helicopter comes in.

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DARPA’s self-guiding sniper bullet can find its own target

DARPA’s self-guiding sniper bullet can find its own target

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has produced many interesting projects, among them being a slew of beastly robots that hold many promises. One decidedly non-robotic project, however, has successfully passed its first live tests.

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Boeing and others hacked for military data

Boeing and others hacked for military data

Boeing and other companies were the subject of a hacking effort by suspect Su Bin, who is said to have worked with two unnamed Chinese hackers in an effort to nab data on military projects. Details on the hacking surfaced Friday following a criminal complaint filed in Los Angles that was unsealed this past Thursday.

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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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Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Transformer aircraft merges and splits as needed

Imagine a future where military aircraft can merge together into a single larger unit, splitting apart only when needed and rejoining again later after the mission is finished. Sound interesting? Such is the concept introduced by BAE Systems.

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U.S. Military’s TALOS Project tapped Hollywood designer

U.S. Military’s TALOS Project tapped Hollywood designer

It is not unusual for Hollywood to refer to the US Military personnel for realistic movie plot, but this time it is the other way around. Legacy Effects, the company known for designing props for movies such as Iron Man and RoboCop has been hired by the U.S. Military to design a war suit to protect soldiers in the field.

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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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DARPA Z-Man project shows how man can climb like geckos

DARPA Z-Man project shows how man can climb like geckos

If imitation is the best form of flattery, then geckos should feel honored. Taking inspiration from what it claims are the world's best climbers, DARPA's Z-Man project demonstrated how a human of rather heavy constitution can scale up a vertical wall using nothing other than a pair of paddles.

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