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  • Classified X-37B space plane breaks space longevity record

    Posted March 27, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    A little-known U.S. space plane quietly broke its own space endurance record this week as its current unmanned mission surpassed 469 days in space.
  • This smartphone will self-destruct in 5 seconds

    Posted February 7, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    IBM wins $3M contract to build sensors and phones, that can be triggered to self-destruct.
  • DARPA shows off clearinghouse site for open-source code and information

    Posted February 4, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency debuted a new website dedicated to sharing open-source data and publications today, calling it the DARPA Open Catalog.
  • IBM devises software for its experimental brain-like chips

    Posted August 8, 2013 - 12:03 am

    Following up on work commissioned by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), IBM has developed a programming paradigm, and associated simulator and basic software library, for its experimental SyNAPSE processor.
  • What's the big idea?

    Posted October 22, 2012 - 11:53 am

    It seems the public and private industry are more frequently being asked to come up with ideas for what might best be called "the Next Big Things." The main driver of this trend is the U.S. government but there are a number of private enterprises looking to pay you good money for your ideas.
  • DARPA begins testing robotic mule for battlefields

    Posted October 1, 2012 - 2:51 am

    It looks like a bull, trots at the speed of a wolf and carries equipment like a pack mule, but does it have a place on the battlefield of the future? Researchers in the U.S. are conducting a two-year study of a robot that promises to lighten the load that soldiers must carry and they gave it a high-profile demonstration in September.
  • Scientists build squishy, camouflaging robots with DARPA

    Posted August 20, 2012 - 10:34 pm

    Harvard University researchers have developed a squishy robot that can disguise itself or change its color to stand out from its background.
  • This tiny flying robot is built like a pop-up book

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Let's say you want to build a swarm of inch-long flying robots. (Maybe you've got a DARPA grant. Maybe it's an art project---imagine if those moved.) Flying is complicated and requires a lot of mechanical linkages and electrical connections. You can machine and assemble one robot by hand, under a microscope, with tweezers and a scalpel; it's a literal pain in the neck, but it's doable. But are you really going to do that for a hundred of them? A thousand? A million?
  • DARPA seeks car-driving, life-saving robots

    Posted April 14, 2012 - 7:48 am

    DARPA has launched a Robotics Challenge, a high-tech contest that will award as much as $34 million in prize money in various categories, for robotics hardware and software development tasks that can be ysed in emergency response situations.
  • DARPA chief leaves Pentagon for Google job

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 7:36 am

    Google, in a coup, has hired Regina Dugan, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), for a senior executive position.
  • DARPA, NASA seek ideas for starship travel

    Posted June 17, 2011 - 10:58 am

    The U.S. Department of Defense and NASA today issued a call for papers to help in their quest to ensure that humans can start interstellar space travel within 100 years.
  • DARPA launches insider threat detection effort for military

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 8:40 pm

    The Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched an effort aimed at finding and detecting to insider threats on Department of Defense networks.
  • DARPA calls for help in designing submersible aircraft

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 2:39 pm

    It may sound like something out of a James Bond movie, but the U.S. military's DARPA is putting out the call for researchers to come up with a design for a submersible aircraft.
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