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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.


Soldiers Describe How DARPA Smartphones Save Lives In Battle

The average pedestrian walks around with more sophisticated navigation and communication technology in his pocket than soldiers have on the battlefield. That’s why the military is working hard on developing a battle-ready smartphone that would bring our troops up to speed. According to the soldiers who’ve tested the Pentagon’s prototypes, the tech can’t come soon enough.


The ATLAS Humanoid Robot Has Advanced To The Level Of A Lazy Teenager

The first videos we saw of DARPA’s advanced ATLAS robot it was just an infant, learning to walk and balance on its own. During the DARPA Robotics Challenge the humanoid robot handled itself like a capable child. And now almost a year later the folks at MIT are happy to announce that ATLAS has finally reached the level of a lazy, shiftless teenager. Watch in awe as it barely musters the energy to drag a metal truss across a warehouse.


Northrop Grumman Shows Off Its Experimental Spaceplane Concept

In mid-July the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded contracts to Boeing, Masten Space Systems, and Northrop Grumman to develop an unmanned spaceplane to travel hypersonic speeds in the upper atmosphere — as easily as a commercial airliner.


DARPA Wants To Make Tanks Sleeker, Faster And Deadlier

Tanks are Goliaths. They’re covered with layers and layers of thick armour for protection, which makes them huge and slow-moving. Now, DARPA wants to change that.


Why The Military Is Pinning Its Hopes On Google's Modular Phone

In its small red brick headquarters, Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integration Systems (ISIS) is working on a revolution in smartphone technology. It’s not better screens, or battery life, or anything for a major carrier. It’s a puzzle-piece phone that will (hopefully) change the way the military communicates.


Inside The US Military's Secretive Smartphone Program

When I recently set out for the Pentagon’s R&D department, I instead found myself in front of a downtrodden shopping mall in Arlington, Virginia. I’d been navigating the old-fashioned way — with my eyes — but when I pulled out my smartphone there it was, clearly marked in the Google Maps app: DARPA.


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