defense

Tobacco-Eating Caterpillar Has Toxic Nicotine-Filled Breath

Look, we’re not saying smoking is good, but tobacco can confer the superpower of breath so toxic it keeps away spiders. Take a quick breath and come meet the tobacco hornworm, a caterpillar that has managed to hijack a plant’s defence system for itself.


China Suggests Its Smog Problem Is Actually Good For National Defence

What’s that saying — if life gives you lemons, make lemonade? Well, how about when decades of destroying the environment gives you a cancer-causing smog problem, make it part of your national defence strategy?


Marching Into The Future Of 3D-Printed War

We all know by now that 3D printing is the future of manufacturing — even the US President says so. The march of progress doesn’t always move as quickly as we’d like, however, especially when the military-industrial complex is involved. While 3D printing machines are becoming steadily cheaper and the possibilities incredibly sophisticated, the disparate branches of the US armed forces tend to move slowly, weighed down by procedure and convention. However, there’s plenty of evidence to believe that’s changing when 3D printing is concerned.


The Military Is A/B Testing The Future Of Warfare

Down some spookily-lit corridor at the Pentagon, there are surely soldiers dreaming about the future of warfare. But, at the National Defence University, some of the nation’s top brass are actually playing out the scenarios. In fact, a group of generals just finished a rather innovative year-long wargame.


Iran Unveils New Drone Amazingly Not Held Together By Tape

Iran welcomed a new addition to its drone fleet on Monday with the unveiling of the Fotros. Iranian Defence Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says this familiar-looking can do anything from taking pictures of Israel to protecting Iran’s borders. So he says.


Pentagon Super-Hoarders Waste Billions Buying Stuff They Already Have

If you thought your great aunt Edna was bad, you should meet the super-hoarders at the Pentagon. A new Reuters investigation reveals that various defence agencies can’t stop buying stuff they already have. Like, many, many billions of dollars’ worth of stuff.


Iran's Suicide Combat Drone Is Held Together With Packing Tape

While Iran’s been busy bragging about mass producing the American ScanEagle drone that crash landed there last year — and giving the Russians a copy — some less than intimidating footage is trickling out of Tehran. It looks like Iran’s newest drones are pretty rickety.


Defense Specialist Shows Off Terrifying Automated Web Stalker

Defence specialist Raytheon has an automated data harvesting process which can track you with pin-point accuracy and even predict where you’re going. Until two days ago it was top secret — but now a leaked video shows exactly what it can do.


This Rock Could Spy On You For Decades

America is supposed to wind down its war in Afghanistan by 2014. But U.S. forces may continue to track Afghans for years after the conflict is officially done. Palm-sized sensors, developed for the American military, will remain littered across the Afghan countryside – detecting anyone who moves nearby and reporting their locations back to a remote headquarters.


Trillion-Dollar Jet Has Thirteen Expensive Flaws

The most expensive weapons program in U.S. history is about to get a lot pricier.