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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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US denies any link to failed Russian Phobos-grunt probe

US denies any link to failed Russian Phobos-grunt probe

Russia continues to look for what caused the failure of its Phobos-grunt probe. The failed propulsion system ultimately led to the massive spacecraft falling back into the atmosphere and burning up. Russia is so far looking in the wrong place according to some of its own scientists. Russian officials have been hinting that the US radar station in Alaska may have had something to do with the failure of the probe.

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Military weapon source code to be tested by casual gamers

Military weapon source code to be tested by casual gamers

The Pentagon has a new plan for testing the software and code that is used in weapons systems. The plan is to integrate that code into some video games that are released to gamers and let the crowd sourced testing of the code begin. The code won't be used in shooters like America's Army though, it would be used in "fun to play" games like puzzle games and such that normal folk could pick up and play.

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Cockroach RoboBugs could be coming soon — espionage at its finest

Cockroach RoboBugs could be coming soon — espionage at its finest

These might not be interstellar cockroaches like we saw on Men in Black but they are what many call RoboBugs, or Cyborg bugs. Since cockroaches are basically indestructible and seem to live forever what better bug to make our robobugs with right? You might not know much about this but scientists have been working on these type of bomb-sniffers, espionage, and search and rescue bugs for long time and might have finally made a break-through.

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UFO spotted on flatbed was actually a military drone

UFO spotted on flatbed was actually a military drone

Residents in a small community in Cowley County, Kansas got the thrill of the year recently when a flatbed trailer came driving down main street with what appeared to be a saucer shaped craft on the trailer. According to the local sheriff's office, the company that was transporting the craft asked for assistance since they had to move it over the ground.

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