One of the more unpleasant aspects of army life has always been guard duty. It's also very labor intensive. In the US Army, it takes four to six soldiers standing for up to 12 hours to man a single perimeter weapons system. To free up personnel for more important duties, the Army is testing the Tower Hawk System, which uses tower-mounted, remote-controlled weapons for base perimeter security... Continue Reading US Army tests remote controlled weapon towers
US ArmyRelated Articles:
US Army rolls out a mobile chemical weapons neutralizer
Neither rain, nor fog, nor wind stops Boeing's laser weapon destroying targets
XM-25: The US Army's first smart shoulder-fired weapon
Ballistic wallpaper to help protect soldiers seeking temporary shelter
Inventions that changed the world: Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK-47
Scientists use modern techniques to unearth the secrets of ancient Indian sword making
Saturday, 3 October 2015
Earth isn't the only place with seasons. Other planets and even very small celestial bodies can have them, too, as ESA's Rosetta probe has shown in its explorations of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. When the unmanned spacecraft went into orbit about the comet, it revealed that the southern hemisphere of the dumbbell-shaped nucleus is shrouded in a dark winter that lasts over five years and, according to data collected by the Rosettas's onboard spectrometer,hides ice in larger amounts than the rest of the comet.
.. Continue Reading Rosetta explores the dark side
.. Continue Reading Rosetta explores the dark side
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
To gain proficiency, pilots need realistic training, but they also need to avoid needless cost and risk. Real aircraft provide the most obviously realistic training, but they're dangerous in inexperienced hands. Meanwhile, simulators can reproduce much of the look and feel of actual flying without the danger of losing an aircraft or pilot, but they aren't as successful when it comes to complex maneuvers like aerial-refueling. To square the circle, NASA is developing a technology called Fused Reality, which uses a special headset that combines real flying in a real aircraft with an overlaid simulation.
.. Continue Reading NASA trains pilots with Fused Reality
US Army examining next-gen augmented reality "live synthetic" simulations
ONR's augmented reality glasses turns golf course into a virtual battlefield
Cimagine's enhanced augmented reality engine allows for multiple object placement
ONR augmented reality system allows Marines to train anywhere
Elbit extends Skylens HUD system to helicopter pilots
Microsoft's HoloLens Sidekick experiment lost in CRS-7 explosion
How do you tag a jellyfish? It may sound like a metaphor for frustration, but it's a question that's occupying a team of scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The team has developed a new technology called Integrated Tracking of Aquatic orGanisms (ITAG), which is designed to place instruments on squid, jellyfish, and other small invertebrates as a way to provide detailed information about the animals and their habitat.
.. Continue Reading Scientists develop unique tag for tracking jellyfish and squid
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Optical communications system and autonomous microscope to boost underwater research
Autonomous marine robots used to detect and identify endangered whales
Alvin deep-sea sub cleared to start next half-century of service
New type of silicon could find use in solar cells and LEDs
Upgraded Alvin submersible sets sail
Flagship research submersible declared lost at sea
Warships are only as effective as far as they can see, so DARPA's Towed Airborne Lift Of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort is aiming to extend their horizons by giving them a crow's nest 1,500 ft (457 m) tall by way of a towed parafoil. A TALONS prototype recently completed sea trials off the US East Coast as part of a project to provide ships of every size with better long-distance communications and situational awareness.
.. Continue Reading TALONS effectively gives ships of all sizes skyscraper-tall masts
Boeing's new AH-6 light attack/reconnaissance helicopter
Piaggio Aerospace announces first flight and sales of P.1HH HammerHead UAS
Wearable system creates digital maps as users walk through buildings
SPARCS "camera grenade" offers an alternative to reconnaissance drones
The CHARC: Covert High-speed Attack and Reconnaissance Craft
US Navy's Triton UAV takes to the skies for the first time
A real automotive rarity went under the hammer at Bonhams over the weekend with the only known 1905 Woods Queen Victoria Brougham selling for DKK632,500 (US$94,548). Part of the Frederiksen auction at Ebeltoft, Denmark on September 26, the electric vehicle acts as a window into the early days of motor cars when new technologies fought for supremacy on the roads and in the show rooms.
.. Continue Reading 110 year-old electric car sells for $95,000
Living art: 60-year-old motorized cutaway BSA Gold Star to break auction records
Le Mans-winning Ferrari 275 GTB heads for Scottsdale Auction
One and only Maserati Boomerang concept headed for auction
Spectacular Brough Superior Alpine Grand Sports & Vincent Black Shadow set for auction
Paris collectible car auctions: Barnfind Ferrari 250 GT California Spider sells for US$18.45 million
Ferrari 250 GTO smashes world auction record fetching US$38.1 million
Sunday, 27 September 2015
Researchers at Rice University have discovered that a protein found in whale meat may hold the key to developing synthetic blood. The protein, called myoglobin, allows marine mammals to remain submerged at great depths for up to two hours and has an ultra-stable structure that could one day allow for the manufacturing of a blood substitute using bacteria as biofactories.
.. Continue Reading Whale protein puts researchers on path to developing synthetic blood
3D engineered bone marrow-like material produces functioning human platelets
Artificial human blood substitute could help meet donor blood shortfall
Flipping the switch on cell conversion could better repair damaged hearts
Study successfully uses drones to transport blood samples
First transfusions of "manufactured" blood planned for 2016
New sampling device promises to make blood tests needle-free
Saturday, 26 September 2015
On August 13, comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and ESA’s unmanned Rosetta probe made their closest approach to the Sun. Both are now heading for the outer Solar System, but Rosetta still has secrets to reveal. One is that the comet has a daily water cycle that, according to the space agency, keeps it "alive."
.. Continue Reading Rosetta reveals what keeps comets "alive"
Comet 67P and Rosetta make their closest pass of the Sun
Rosetta reveals comet secrets
Rosetta discovers active sinkholes on 67P
Rosetta mission extended by nine months
Philae lander goes silent again
Philae comet lander phones home
According to Transport for London (TfL), the city's Underground carries 1.2 billion passengers a year over 402 km (250 mi) of track, with some stations handling 89 million passengers annually. That adds up to a fleet of trains covering 76.2 million km (47 million mi) and an energy bill that defines "enormous." In an effort to make the system greener and cheaper, the authority carried out a five-week trial of a regenerative braking system billed as a "world first" that could slice 5 percent off London Underground's energy bill and save up to £6 million (US$9 million) per year.
.. Continue Reading London Tube trains recover enough energy to power stations
Section: Urban Transport
regenerative energy systems
MIT students develop Hydraulic Regenerative Shock Absorbers
Land Rover's first Electric Defender put through its paces
Flywheel Bicycle: KERS for pedal-pushers
Volkswagen's 214 mpg Twin Up! concept debuts in Tokyo
Test Drive: Tesla Model S
Solar Thermal Waste Heat Engine works at low temperature, low pressure
Friday, 25 September 2015
In naval circles, littoral areas are the hotspots for future conflict, but sending ships close to shore is like steaming into a shooting gallery. To provide more protection, the US Navy recently conducted tests off the coast of California of Raytheon's SeaRAM defensive missile system, which fires supersonic, self-guided interceptors against in-coming close-range threats. The tests were carried out by the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) on August 14 as part of a live-fire exercise at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division sea range. During these exercises, Raytheon says that the Coronado detected, tracked, and engaged an inbound target using SeaRAM.
.. Continue Reading Raytheon tests new self-defense missile protection for shallow-water combat ships
Littoral Combat Ships
Raytheon developing missile-ramming Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle
First Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Launched
Keel laid on First Littoral Combat Ship
Raytheon developing 3D hearing for pilots
The networked, reconfigurable Littoral Combat Ship begins trials
Raytheon's micro thermal chips could be "end of the flashlight"
It seems as if the age of the bench-top breakthrough in rocket science is not a thing of the past. Dr Patrick Neumann of the University of Sydney has developed a new ion drive as part of his PhD thesis that is claimed to outperform the best one devised by NASA. According to Neumann, his new drive, which is still in the experimental stage, is more efficient than the latest High Power Electric Propulsion (HiPEP) ion engine and holds the promise of "Mars and back on a tank of fuel."
.. Continue Reading Researcher's experimental ion drive outperforms NASA's HiPEP engine
University of Sydney
NASA's NEXT ion thruster clocks up continuous operation world record
NASA's NEXT ion thruster runs five and a half years nonstop to set new record
Scientists look at communicating with hypersonic vehicles using plasma resonance
Britain invests £60 million in Skylon spaceplane
NASA outlines Asteroid Redirect Mission
Dawn begins Ceres approach for orbital rendezvous
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Earlier generations of iRobot's Roomba vacuum-cleaners picked up dirt, but they also had a reputation for blundering about in random patterns while relying on contact and infrared sensors to keep them on course and out of harm's way. Seeking something a bit more intelligent, the seventh generation Roomba 980 is the first of the line of hockey puck-shaped robots to include an intelligent visual navigation system that allows it to map out rooms and clean them with greater efficiency.
.. Continue Reading Wi-Fi-connected Roomba 980 maps a better route
Section: Around The Home
iRobot Roomba 800 Series ditches bristles for improved performance
iRobot launches new version of its Roomba-based educational Create robot
iRobot launches new 710 Warrior robot
Robot cleans all household floor surfaces
Review: Deebot D35 robotic vacuum – some supervision required
New Roomba robo-vac features a wireless command center
Dogs may make excellent team mates, but they aren't very good at telling you what they see. Colchester-based Visual Engineering's Cerberus Digital Canine Transmission system is designed take this feedback way beyond barking by providing a high-tech set of eyes that let the handler see what the canine sees.
.. Continue Reading Cerberus system equips dogs with extra eyes and ears
GoPro launches the Fetch camera harness for dogs
AKA-DM1 – a Sony Action Cam harness for your dog
World's smallest interchangeable lens 4K camera set to fly
FPS1000: The low cost, high speed slow-mo camera
Highlight Hunter makes hunting down video highlights easier
Got rhythm? Harmonix developing music-driven Chroma FPS
Sunday, 20 September 2015
In June, Boeing’s new 737 MAX single-aisle airliner began wing assembly in Renton, Washington. Since then, the first fuselage arrived from Wichita, Kansas, and is now undergoing final assembly, which includes installation of a new advanced winglet designed to improve fuel efficiency.
.. Continue Reading Advanced winglet on show as Boeing 737 MAX heads to final assembly
Boeing increases carry-on capacity with new Space Bins
BA's new first class cabin is the stuff of Dreamliners
Boeing installs first Aeroloft sleeping area
Boeing's Phantom Badger packs a lot of combat vehicle into a small package
Boeing outlines additional safety features for 787 batteries
Boeing replaces people with potatoes
Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin is claiming the title of the most complicated mechanical watch ever made with its Reference 57260. Boasting 57 complications (the previous record holder had 33) and a wide array of functions, the Reference 57260 contains over 2,800 components, each one hand-decorated by one Master Watchmaker using traditional techniques.
.. Continue Reading Vacheron Constantin creates world's most complicated watch
Section: Wearable Electronics
Breva's Génie 02 Terre watch features mechanical altimeter
Supercomplication, the world's most complicated watch, breaks the record – again
The Eris spherical watch - planetary in name and nature
Opel eyes hot hatch brigade with Corsa OPC
Gumpert detonates a 420-hp Explosion
Radical to attack Nürburgring with new RXC Turbo 500