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This Is What Plane-Mounted Laser Guns Could Look Like

DARPA is going gaga over the pew-pew. The department just awarded a Northrop Grumman a $US20.2 million contract to begin the second phase of its Excalibur Program — one which aims to give the same kind of missile-frying laser cannon that’s currently patrolling the Persian Gulf to America’s Air Force.


DARPA Director Totally Cool With Google Taking All The Fun Toys

In an interview this afternoon at the Defense One Summit, DARPA director Arati Prabhakar explained the history and future of the agency. And Prabhakar wants it known that Google and other commercial enterprises are not their enemy. In fact, they’re more important than ever to DARPA’s national security goals, as private R&D spending has slowly surpassed public spending over the past 60 years.


Call The Avengers: The Pentagon Wants To Make Helicarriers

DARPA — the Pentagon’s advanced military technology research agency — is taking a page from Marvel’s playbook and wants to make “aircraft carriers in the sky”. They won’t be Nimitz-size, of course, but they will have “to carry, launch and recover multiple unmanned air systems for a variety of missions.”


DARPA-Funded Researchers Have Tested A Drone That Can Learn

Almost seven years ago, we learned that DARPA was investing millions of dollars in neuromorphic chips. That’s a fancy term for a computer chip that mimics a biological cortex — a brain chip. Today, researchers are getting closer. And of course, they’re putting those brain chips in drones.


DARPA's Chipset Runs An Astonishing One Trillion Cycles Per Second

DARPA’s boffins have just set a new world record in computing with a solid-state integrated circuit that packs the power of a supercomputer into a single chip. You thought your six-core, 3.9Ghz Mac Pro was a computational powerhouse? This single chip is around 250 times as fast.


ATLAS Is Getting Faster And Faster At Simple Human Tasks

Oh, sure, we all pointed and laughed at ATLAS when it was first revealed, stumbling over simple obstacles. But it was because deep down we all knew that, like our original iPods, it would quickly evolve into something far more capable. And, here we are, just over a year later, and ATLAS is already tackling simple obstacles with ease.


Isaac Asimov's Newly Published 1959 Paper For DARPA On Creativity

Isaac Asimov was one of the great sci-fi writers of the 20th century. So, naturally, at the dawn of the space age, the military wanted to tap his brain. In 1959 he was approached by ARPA (now known as DARPA) to “think outside of the box” about how ideas are formed. His brief work for the organisation has never been published, until today.


Inside The Cockpit Of DARPA's Awesome Missile-Dodging Buggy

Video: Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne would feel at home inside DARPA’s GXV-T missile-dodging superbuggy. This video shows how the Pentagon’s research arm wants the cockpit to be: Closed, with high-definition touch screens providing wide-angle visibility and displaying combat information in augmented reality. It’s really impressive.


Yep, That's A Jetpack For Runners

If you stop and think about it, it’s kind of unfair that some athletes get to compete using marvels of engineering like incredibly light and streamlined bikes and some don’t. Instead, we should be assigning every 100m dash runner this backpack jetpack developed by Arizona State University.


DARPA's Experimental Tank May One Day Dodge Incoming Threats

Last month, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency introduced what a next-generation tank might look like. Known as the Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program, this experimental vehicle is less like the traditional heavily armoured brutes typically on the battlefield. These are built for speed.