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Researchers aim to help protect US Navy divers using AI systems

Researchers aim to help protect US Navy divers using AI systems

A group of researchers, including scientists from the University of Illinois Chicago, were given $725,000 from the US Office of Naval Research to develop an AI system to help protect divers from waterborne bacteria, parasites, and other harmful pathogens. The challenge for divers is that they are sent into all kinds of water as part of their service in the U.S. Navy. There are limited resources to understand any health risks associated with the waters they are operating within in real-time. The divers perform all manner of duties within the Navy, from fleet maintenance and repairs to search and rescue and rescue missions.

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Panasonic Toughbook G2 hands-on: Rugged computing ready for combat

Panasonic Toughbook G2 hands-on: Rugged computing ready for combat

The Panasonic Toughbook G2 is the latest in a line of professional hardcore computers that put all other concerns behind functionality. If you're looking for a laptop made reliable, powerful, and rugged enough to be used by combat troops - this is that machine. We have a sample unit here, so we're not doing a full-fledged review, but we have gotten a good enough look at and feel for this hardware that we're able to show you the basic ins and outs of a machine that's made to take a beating as much as it's ready to read a barcode.

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Government UFO task force will use AI to study bizarre ‘alien’ aircraft

Government UFO task force will use AI to study bizarre ‘alien’ aircraft

Last week, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released a nine-page preliminary unclassified report on unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP), the government's term for UFOs. This report wasn't as exciting as some had hoped, though it is the start of what may prove to be an interesting development over the coming months and years. One tidbit from the report hints at how the government plans to learn about UAPs: by using artificial intelligence.

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Government’s unclassified UFO report is here: Five key takeaways

Government’s unclassified UFO report is here: Five key takeaways

After half a year of waiting, the US government has released a report on unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAPs), the new term used for what has been popularly referred to as UFOs. The unclassified version of the report made available to the public is only nine pages long and, well, it's not quite as exciting as some may have hoped. Still, there's a bit we can learn from what was released.

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US Navy tests its most advanced aircraft carrier by blowing stuff up

US Navy tests its most advanced aircraft carrier by blowing stuff up

The United States Navy is testing whether its latest and greatest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, is ready to take on the trials of war. To do this, the Navy is detonating explosives near the ship in order to make sure it can handle the kind of events that may be encountered during an actual war. The explosions were strong enough to register as small earthquakes.

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GE Aviation scores key Air Force approval for 3D-printed metal engine part

GE Aviation scores key Air Force approval for 3D-printed metal engine part

The United States Air Force has granted GE Aviation an airworthiness qualification for its F110 metal sump cover created using additive manufacturing. This milestone achievement takes place as part of the company's pathfinder Pacer Edge program, an initiative intended to highlight the use of industrial 3D printing in the aerospace industry.

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DARPA’s non-explosive drone takedown system uses giant ‘party streamers’

DARPA’s non-explosive drone takedown system uses giant ‘party streamers’

DARPA has wrapped up work on a system designed to take down small drones operating over places where an explosive countermeasure wouldn't be acceptable. Put simply, this system involves launching a device into the air that, once it detects a drone, launches giant streamers into the air, not unlike the kind you may see shooting out of a small cannon at a party.

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Royal Navy uses AI systems in first test against live supersonic missiles

Royal Navy uses AI systems in first test against live supersonic missiles

For the first time, the UK's Royal Navy is using artificial intelligence in a test against live missiles at sea, providing a look at the future of autonomous systems in the military. The exercise will take place over three weeks and involve testing two systems: Sycoiea and Startle. The Royal Navy says this is the largest test of its kind conducted thus far.

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Details of US nuclear arsenal leaked via apps

Details of US nuclear arsenal leaked via apps

As you would expect, there are significant numbers of protocols and procedures that must be followed for soldiers put in charge of nuclear weapons and the nuclear capability of the United States. There are multiple protocols that soldiers have to know in and out without needing to resort to using manuals or notes. Some soldiers have reportedly relied on numerous flashcard apps available for various smartphone platforms.

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Spray-on stealth ceramic could make faster, tougher spy jets

Spray-on stealth ceramic could make faster, tougher spy jets

A new skin for stealth aircraft could make radar-invisible aircraft faster, more resilient, and even sneakier in the skies, by addressing one of their lingering design weaknesses. Jets like the B-2 Spirit are run by the US Air Force for clandestine reconnoissance missions, tapping their ability to evade the majority of radar tracking. However the high-tech skin that gives them those talents can be, in itself, a liability.

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2021 Torsus Praetorian has improved features and military-grade body panels

2021 Torsus Praetorian has improved features and military-grade body panels

The 2021 Torsus Praetorian remains the world’s most formidable and most capable 4x4 bus. Yes, the Praetorian is a bus, but it can do more than pick up or drop off passengers at the next stop. It’s a hardcore, battle-ready, and supremely off-road-ready apocalypse machine with room for up to 35 passengers and heavy-duty equipment.

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Watch Royal Marines fly like Iron Man in new jet suit demonstration

Watch Royal Marines fly like Iron Man in new jet suit demonstration

The UK's Royal Marines recently demonstrated the use of a jet suit that enabled them to fly one-by-one from an inflatable boat over the ocean to a massive navy ship. The exercise was a demonstration of Gravity Industries' jet suit, which bestows the wearer with a flying ability remarkably similar to that of Iron Man.

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