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The Navy Built An Algorithm That Predicts Pirates' Behaviour Before An Attack

The US Navy is a veritable patent machine — it regularly beats all other government bodies when it comes to sheer volume, with 364 filed last year alone. One recent filing: Patent #US8838515, a “Method for predicting pirate attack risk.”

Terrifying Medical Instruments Found On Blackbeard's Sunken Ship

The jolly good life of a pirate was not a jolly healthy one, what with the syphilis and scurvy and ship-raiding. Archeologists excavating Blackbeard’s flagship off the coast of North Carolina have unveiled their latest findings: a cache of medical instruments that include this rather horrifying urethral syringe.

Sealand: The Island Nation Founded By A Guy Calling 'Dibs'

If you haven’t heard of Sealand before, it is the site of one of Britain’s Maunsell Naval Sea Forts that were utilised during WWII. This particular one was originally named HM Fort Roughs.

The Future Of The US Marines Begins With Fighting Pirates

With sequestration and whatnot, the US Navy is suffering for resources. So it’s getting creative. Creative like launching drones off aircraft carriers? Well, yes, actually — but it gets more exciting than that. The US Marines might soon start fighting pirates.

Five Ancient Cannons Rescued From Blackbeard's Sunken Ship

Looking like something straight off Davy Jones’s ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean, five cannons saw air for the very first time in almost 300 years yesterday as they were lifted from what’s believed to be legendary pirate Blackbeard’s sunken ship.

These Are The Ten TV Shows That Pirates Like The Most

With the spring TV season drawing to a close (MAD MEN SEASON FINALE YOU GUYS!!), TorrentFreak has done the wonderful service of rounding up a top 10 list of the most torrented shows out there this time around. Can you guess number one? (You can definitely guess number one.)

Augmented Reality Eyepatches Will Probably Lead To Super Pirates

The excitement for Google’s Project Glass has been lukewarm at best, but apparently there are at least a few technophiles out there excited for the technology. Like Gregory McRoberts, who apparently couldn’t wait for Google to finish its augmented reality specs, so he designed his own that’s worn like an eyepatch.

High-Power Hose Security System Will Soak Pirates Into Submission

In a continued effort to prevent ocean-bound ships from being attacked and overtaken by pirates, a pair of Japanese companies have developed what they’re calling the Anti-Piracy Curtain. It uses high-powered water jets and flailing hoses to intimidate would-be attackers.

The Navy's LIDAR-Equipped UAV Helo Hunts Pirates, Not Speeders

When it’s not busting cocaine smugglers or helping overthrow dictators, the Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV will soon hunt for pirates. With lasers.

When Fighting Pirates, It's Best To Store Your Guns In Floating Armouries

So how do private security firms do it without getting hamstrung by weapons import restrictions and international treaties? They keep their weapons aboard armoured barges in international waters of course.

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