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US Navy deploying railguns and lasers (with no sharks in sight)

US Navy deploying railguns and lasers (with no sharks in sight)

The US Navy will begin in-the-wild trials of a laser weapon that can bring down aircraft or small vessels this summer, controlled just like a video game and costing about $1 a shot. The technology will be deployed initially on the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport dock in the Persian Gulf, rather than mounted to a shark's head, the Navy confirmed, and is part of R&D weaponry trials that also include railguns.

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TrackingPoint 500 AR Series smart rifles make hunting easy

TrackingPoint 500 AR Series smart rifles make hunting easy

It’s rare that we’ll cover a firearm here on SlashGear, but when TrackingPoint shows off a smart automatic rifle series like the one we’re seeing today, we’ve got to change a tune. What you’ve got here is the TrackingPoint 500 Series AR rifle, working with a variety of technologies that make certain the carrier is the most accurate - machine accurate - in the field.

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Researchers power scale model P-51 Mustang with fuel created from seawater

Researchers power scale model P-51 Mustang with fuel created from seawater

Being able to turn water into fuel for vehicles is something that has been a dream of researchers for decades. A team of researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory, Materials and Science division, have demonstrated a proof of concept for a fuel created from seawater. The team developed a process for the recovery of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater that was then converted into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.

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Polish PL-01 concept tank looks like something out of a video game

Polish PL-01 concept tank looks like something out of a video game

Poland is working with partners to create the tank of the future. The concept is called the PL-01 and it looks like something that you would pilot around in a futuristic version of the video game Battlefield. As you might guess from the design of the tank, it is intended to have a very low infrared, radar, and visual signature. That means that the tank has lot of angles like a Stealth fighter to reduce its radar signature.

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US Navy to test robot firefighters for taming shipboard blazes

US Navy to test robot firefighters for taming shipboard blazes

The military and government in the US is putting a lot of research and money into developing robots for various uses. DARPA is trying to build robots that can be used in an emergency in environments where humans can’t safely operate for instance. NASA is also working on building robots, like Robonaut, that can be used in space.

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Q-Warrior headgear is Google Glass for the battlefield

Q-Warrior headgear is Google Glass for the battlefield

One of the more interesting of the current crop of wearables is Google Glass. This wearable headset has caused a lot of controversy so far with some places banning people from wearing the headset inside out of privacy concerns. One woman in California was ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving, but the ticket was later dismissed.

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Israel to use C-MUSIC aircraft lasers to combat MANPADS

Israel to use C-MUSIC aircraft lasers to combat MANPADS

The team responsible for protecting Israel’s commercial jets at the Israel Ministry of Defense have announced that they’re about to start doing it with lasers. They’ll be protecting these craft with SkyShield, a system developed by Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems. This system utilizes laser technology with a thermal camera to deflect incoming threats.

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Obama: “we’re building Iron Man” (and here’s how)

Obama: “we’re building Iron Man” (and here’s how)

If you’ll remember back in October of 2013 there was a story about how a "real Iron Man" was being built by the US Army. This week, US President Barack Obama spoke up on the White House’s next initiative for manufacturing innovation in the United States. In this speech, he suggested that the reason the press was gathered was that the United States government was building Iron Man - it was a joke, of course.

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US military lab working on pizza MRE good for up to three years on a shelf

US military lab working on pizza MRE good for up to three years on a shelf

The food soldiers are sent out into the field with is notoriously unsavory. The MREs the US military uses are known for keeping soldiers fed when in the field, but not always for tasting good. With all the research that the military puts into weapons and vehicles, many American soldiers have long wished some of that research money would be spent on better food.

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Lockheed Martin and US Army complete urban environment autonomous convoy demo

Lockheed Martin and US Army complete urban environment autonomous convoy demo

Typically, when we talk about autonomous vehicles, we are talking about Google and major automakers trying to get the tech ready for the roads around the nation. The US military is also looking to a future of autonomous vehicles that will allow convoys to deliver goods through hostile territory without putting soldiers at risk.

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VIPE Holodeck aims to answer U.S. Army’s call for next-generation training

VIPE Holodeck aims to answer U.S. Army’s call for next-generation training

The future of combat is within sight, if recent statements by officials and rapidly advancing technologies are any indication. It was recently stated drones and robots will replace a large number of soldiers in the US's future Army, and now such technologies promise to alter the future of solider training altogether.

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U.S. Army expects to replace a quarter of soldiers with robots by 2040

U.S. Army expects to replace a quarter of soldiers with robots by 2040

Robotics is a fast-growing industry, and in the next couple of decades, could be responsible for producing a large portion of the Army's soldiers. Said General Robert Cone in an Army Aviation symposium, the Brigade Combat Team could be reduced from 4000 to 3000 soldiers, using a combination of drones and robots to fill the reduced ranks.

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