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This Sci-Fi Smart Gun Could Be The Colt .45 Of The Future

The above Terminator-like weapon is Colt’s latest, greatest invention. Developed with Defence Research and Development Canada, this is the smart gun Canada wants to fight the wars of the future. And it’s hard to look at this insane level of firearm innovation and not think about the birth of the Colt .45.


Watch This Man Scale A Rock Wall With DARPA's Bionic Arm 

The DARPA-funded DEKA Arm System is an amazingly life-like prosthetic arm controlled directly by electric signals from the muscles. It’s the first such prosthetic available to the general public. And it can help you climb a rock wall like a badass.


Deep Web Search Engine Memex Fights Crime A Bit Like Minority Report

Exactly one year ago, DARPA announced a characteristically sci-fi-inspired mission: to create a search engine that could find things on the deep web that Google’s crawlers would miss. The so-called Memex project is now well underway, and for the first time we’re getting a look at the crime-fighting search engine in action.


How The Pentagon Plans To Launch Rockets Into Orbit Using Jet Fighters

Video: DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access is not a new idea. In fact, they have been working on it for some time. Now the Pentagon’s research arm have a neat concept video to show us how they are planning to put stuff in low earth orbit. You know, like satellites and other secret things.


The New ATLAS Is Stronger, Faster, Scarier And Battery-Powered

As if the original version of Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS robot wasn’t unsettling enough, ahead of the upcoming DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals in June about 75 per cent of the robot has been redesigned and rebuilt to make it stronger, faster, quieter,and less encumbered by cables thanks to a battery-filled backpack that will now keep it powered during the upcoming trials.


Video: Incredible View Of A Hawk Flying Through A Forest Of Trees

Now this is a true bird’s eye view of flying. And in the future, this may be how DARPA drones fly too. The footage shows a goshawk flying super-fast through a dense forest, and somehow navigating through it. Its wings occasionally hits trees, but it still manages to zip itself through impossible narrow gaps at high speeds.


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.