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USA Nuclear Drones capable of ‘months’ of flight

USA Nuclear Drones capable of ‘months’ of flight

American scientists are announcing this week that they've got plans to release new unmanned aircraft with capabilities for months of flight without refueling. These new drones would be nuclear-powered and will be developed by Sandia National Laboratories - this being the US government's principal research and development agency. They're also working with defense contractor Northrop Grumman, who are the ones who specifically noted that these drones will have an increased flying time over previous models "from days to months", this including more power for operating equipment as well.

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Epic Games behind FBI and Army training games

Epic Games behind FBI and Army training games

Epic Games has revealed that it is licensing its Unreal Engine 3 to the FBI, the Army, and other government agencies. This is the same engine behind popular massive multiplayer games, such as Gears of War and Mass Effect. It will be put to use for developing training games that involve medical, decision-making, and crime scene simulations.

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Face transplant recipient recovering well post surgery

Face transplant recipient recovering well post surgery

An American man named Richard Lee Norris has lived as a recluse for the last 15 years after suffering devastating facial injuries after a gun accident. The devastating injuries left Norris without lips and most of his nose and with very limited movement of his mouth. His facial transplant was the most extensive ever performed included giving the man new teeth, nose, tongue, and a new jaw.

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MIT, Yale create gesture-controlled drones

MIT, Yale create gesture-controlled drones

When it comes to automating aircraft controls, there has been a significant amount of progress in the fields of science and military. It's possible for an unmanned aircraft to take off, to fly, and to touch down. But when it comes to actually moving on the ground, humans still need to have direct control. That may not be the case for much longer.

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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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