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Scientists investigate neutrino technology for communication through rock

Scientists investigate neutrino technology for communication through rock

Researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have been investigating a new method of communication. The scientists have been studying sending messages using neutrino technology that is able to pass through solid stone. In testing, the researchers have been able to communicate through solid stone at a distance of 780 feet using a neutrino beam.

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X-37B number two celebrates a year in space

X-37B number two celebrates a year in space

The United States Air Force has been testing two X-37B Orbital Test Vehicles for a while now. The second of the small space shuttle style vehicles is celebrating an interesting anniversary today. That second Orbital Test Vehicles launched March 5, 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Navy humanoid robot can put out fires

Navy humanoid robot can put out fires

A firefighting robot is actually not that new of an idea. When you think about the benefits of building a robot, sticking it into places where humans cannot safely traverse is pretty much the first concept. However, creating a robot that can put out fires and actually walks around like a normal human is something that could be revolutionary.

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USAF kills plans to purchase iPads for pilots

USAF kills plans to purchase iPads for pilots

A few weeks ago, we got word that the United States Air Force Special Operations Command was looking at purchasing as many as 18,000 iPad tablets. The tablets were expected to be used in the cockpit of aircraft to help reduce pilot workload with digital charts and other capabilities. Reports are now coming in the USAF has canceled those plans to purchase iPads. Pilots for American Airlines are using iPads in the cockpit for easier access to charts and weight savings already.

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Pentagon working on ‘Avatar’ project; yes, it’s what it sounds like

Pentagon working on ‘Avatar’ project; yes, it’s what it sounds like

If you took all the money that James Cameron's 2009 smash hit Avatar raked in, you'd have the amount of money that has been set aside for the 2013 budget, which include a mission to turn the premise of that film into a real-life military project. It's even called the Avatar project. Believe it or not, the Pentagon believes it will only cost $7 million to implement. By comparison, Cameron's movie reportedly cost more than $235 million.

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USAF eying 18,000 iPad 2 tablets to cut pilot workload

USAF eying 18,000 iPad 2 tablets to cut pilot workload

The United States Air Force is considering a massive purchase of iPad 2 tablets to outfit some pilots with tablet computers. There is a chance the tablets purchased might not be iPads, but the chance is slim. The USAF Air Mobility Command is reportedly going to issue a request for proposals to buy somewhere between 63 and 18,000 "iPad 2, brand-name or equivalent devices."

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iRobot Warrior robot can lift 150 pounds, uses an Xbox controller

iRobot Warrior robot can lift 150 pounds, uses an Xbox controller

This guy eats Roombas for breakfast. It's called the Warrior, it weighs 450 pounds, and it can carry stuff, destroy stuff, or do stuff (like opening a door). Although you won't find this bad boy at Sears anytime soon, it is created by the same company everyone knows and loves for the Roomba and Scooba floor-cleaning robots. But iRobot's reach has long extended beyond the domesticated fare. This latest creation is the newest in its history of offering military-grade robotics.

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DARPA begins testing LS3 robot pack mule

DARPA begins testing LS3 robot pack mule

DARPA has begun real world testing of a quadruped robot that can traverse all sorts of terrain and act as a pack mule for soldiers. This semi-autonomous robot is called Legged Squad Support System (LS3) and is developed from Boston Dynamic's Big Dog and Alpha Dog robots. The agency has released the first field test video of the LS3 navigating an outdoor terrain.

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