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You Can't Buy These Underwater Iron Man Thrusters Without Government Approval

If you combined the SkyMall catalogue with the Christmas list of some spoiled rich kid you’d end up with Hammacher Schlemmer: an impossible menagerie of everything from shoe polishers, to talking scales, to this amazing set of underwater thrusters that you wear like a pair of Iron Man’s pants. If there’s a better way to spend $US31,000 we haven’t seen it.


Recovered ISIS Laptop Reveals Terror Group's Bio-Warfare Plans

When fighters belonging to a moderate Syrian rebel force raided an ISIS hideout earlier this year, they could never have expected to come away with a haul as valuable as this. What they found wasn’t weapons or ammo or money, it was a laptop. A laptop filled with thousands of hidden files filled containing schemes, bomb-making instructions and research on building a homebrew biological weapon of mass destruction.


ISIS Militants Use The Same Drones As Ordinary Folks

What kind of drones do ISIS militants use? Nothing fancy actually: in fact, they use an off-the-shelf consumer drone like a DJI Phantom.


Frantic Video Shows Israel's Iron Dome Intercepting 15 Rockets At Once

Here’s Israel’s Iron Dome chasing down 15 rockets in the air at one time and well, it’s crazy. Recent footage of the Iron Dome shows the defence system working and it’s like a firework show mixed with an air chase sequence that eerily resembles smokey tentacles reaching out to the sky.


BAE Wants To Make Aeroplanes With Skin That Feels Its Surroundings

BAE’s had another mad brainstorming session, this time developing the concept of a “smart skin” for aeroplanes to help them “feel” their surroundings and detect damage.


Why The Ferguson Police Force Looks Like A Military Unit

You’ve probably seen photos and video of overarmed police officers facing off against unarmed protestors in Ferguson, Missouri. The view of soldier-cops with assault rifles riding on top of mineproof tanks is certainly excessive, but also surprisingly common. How did we get here?


What Air-To-Air Refuelling Looks Like In The Night Skies

Ever wondered what air-to-air refuelling looked like up in the night skies? Thanks to the UK’s Royal Air Force we can show you: this is what a Lockheed C-130 Hercules crew sees when refuelling at night. So, quite a lot like Tron, then.


This May Be The Most Incredible Aeroplane Film I've Ever Seen

Video: If you have never seen the 2005 French movie Les Chevaliers du Ciel (Sky Fighters) and you like aviation or just spectacular cinematography, you should rent it. The movie itself is as bad as Top Gun, but the combat aeroplane sequences are probably the best ever filmed. Here are its best moments.


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.


A Fascinating Look At Shooting Targets Used By Armies Around The World

Teaching soldiers to take aim at a human target and pull the trigger requires practice, and while the end-game is the same — make flesh-and-blood contact — the enemy looks different depending on where you are in the world. Photographer Herlinde Koelbl spent six years shooting military training grounds for a new book called Targets, offering a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the wide interpretation of international bad guys.


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