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AI Beats Air Force Colonel In Air Combat Simulation

First, computers beat humans in the game of Go. Now computers are beating humans at something that might be a tad more practical: Flight combat.


Grunt Shows How Science Can Make A Soldier's Life A Little Less Hellish 

A new book by bestselling author Mary Roach is always cause for celebration. In Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, she brings her keen eye for detail and sharp wit to bear on the dead-serious science of keeping soldiers intact and sane in the extreme conditions of war.


How The Military Could Turn Your Mind Into The Next Battlefield

Long a staple of science fiction, the idea of creating weapons that can disrupt or alter the cognitive processes of enemy combatants is starting to become reality. Inspired by recent advances in neuroscience, the U.S. military is considering the potential for “neuro-cognitive weapons”. Here’s what you need to know about this fascinating and frightening prospect.


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.


Russian Planes Just Came Really, Really Close To Hitting A US Navy Destroyer 

The United States Navy just reported “multiple, aggressive flight maneuvers by Russian aircraft” on two separate occasions while in international waters. While conducting deck landing drills yesterday “two Russian SU-24 jets made numerous close-range and low altitude passes” near the USS Donald Cook.



Cool Angle Of A Helicopter Aerial Refuelling Makes It Seem As If The Blades Are Gonna Chop The Line

Video: This rear angle capturing a MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter aerial refuelling from a KC-130 tanker makes it look like aerial helicopter refuelling is the most dangerous thing. The helicopter blades look like they would tangle up with the fuel line and send both aircraft tumbling down. Luckily, it’s not like that!


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 US Government Blew $US86 Million On A Would-Be Drug-Spy Plane That Never Flew

When the DEA bought a spy plane in 2008, it was supposed to be a way to catch and transport dealers in Afghanistan. Instead, it turned into a corroding rust bucket in the desert, and a reminder of how dumb the government can be.


Flying Drone Can Hide Underwater For Months Like A Nuclear Submarine

A submarine’s periscope is a useful reconnaissance tool, but it puts the vessel at risk since it can only be used when the sub surfaces. As an alternative, researchers at Johns Hopkins University have created a waterproof drone that can float up from the murky depths and then take to the skies to provide an aerial view.


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