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The Air Force Just Cleared The F-35 Fighter Jet For Combat

After a stunning 15 years of development and countless delays, the US Air Force just declared the first squadron of F-35A fighter jets ready for combat. The 34th Fighter Squadron at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base can now go fight bad guys anywhere in the world.


The US Is Attacking Islamic State With 'Cyber Bombs'

In the ongoing fight against Islamic State, the US is said to be attacking militants with “cyber bombs” according to Deputy Defence Secretary Robert Work.


Elon Musk's Secret Pentagon Visit Was About A 'Flying Metal Suit'

The best “clue” for what Elon Musk was up to at his Pentagon meeting came from, as per usual, the man’s Twitter. In response to a CNN article musing over his mysterious visit, the SpaceX founder tweeted that it had something to do with a flying metal suit. Clearly, he’s not mad at Tony Stark comparisons.


Though It Seems Crazy Now, The Neutron Bomb Was Intended To Be Humane

Until the day he died, physicist Samuel Cohen declared that his invention, the neutron bomb, was a “moral” and “sane” weapon that would kill enemy combatants, while sparing civilians and cities. But, despite the support of fans like Ronald Reagan, this weapon of not-as-much mass destruction proved to be a hard sell.


I Wore A $554,000 F-35 Helmet And It Blew My Mind

Let me get this out of the way: the trillion dollar US F-35 fighter jet program is an embarrassing mess. But it’s hard not to marvel at the very expensive technology’s promises. This conflict squeezed my brain this week, when the Air Force stopped by Gizmodo’s US office with a $US400,000 ($554,212) F-35 helmet in hand. They even let me wear it.


DARPA Has A Simple Plan To Clean Up The World's Deadliest Weapons

Getting rid of chemical weapons is one of the military’s most unpleasant duties. But in the future, it may be no more difficult than incinerating garbage, thanks to a team of DARPA-funded scientists who think they can turn some of the world’s deadliest poisons into harmless dirt.


This Is Not A Sensible Way To Hitch A Ride

Image Cache: If you need to get somewhere inaccessible, a ride aboard a Sea Hawk helicopter is probably a good bet — but you’re probably better off getting inside. Just kidding: This is Naval Aircrewman Nicholas Farris, and he’s actually inspecting the tail rotor of the helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, rather than trying to hitch a ride.


Battle Ship Bridges Look Even Better Than In The Movies

Looking like some kind of delectable mash-up of Tron and The Hunt for Red October, this is actually a view inside the bridge of the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt.


The 10 Maddest Of The Mad Science Projects Funded By DARPA

Founded in 1958 to prevent technological surprises such as Sputnik, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency funds projects that are both outside the box and off the wall. Although DARPA gave us the Internet and GPS, plenty of its blue-sky ideas have crashed back down to Earth. Here are ten of them.


Eye In The Sky Reminds Us That Being A Drone Pilot Is Absolutely Brutal

Military drones can kill enemies from kilometres above in the sky — but they can also kill innocent civilians. The people controlling these weapons are often continents away, and a new movie shows us the agonising decisions that these people face.


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