Could Lasers Be The Future Of Anti-Missile Weapons?
Popular Science - Technology, 7 hours ago
American Concept Art Of Soviet Laser. From 1986. Edward L. Cooper, via Wikimedia Commons On Thursday, July 18th, Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 was struck by a missile. The United States?believes?the missile was a?Soviet-designed Buk, and American infrared satellites pinpoint?the location of that m...
The Week In Drones: Wedding Photographers, Prison Guards, And More
Popular Science - Technology, July 18, 2014
Cold Spring, New York. An aerial view of the town where NY Representative Sean Patrick Maloney used a drone to film his wedding. Joe Mabel, via Wikimedia Commons Here''s a roundup of the week''s top drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications o...
This Week In Numbers: A Surprising Comet, A Creepy Robot, And More
Popular Science - Technology, July 18, 2014
250,000,000 miles: how far away the Rosetta spacecraft is from Earth. However, Rosetta is just 8,000 miles from its target, a comet that is called 67P and is surprisingly shaped like a rubber ducky. 2,700,000: the number of Wikipedia articles written by this one bot. That''s 8.5 percent of all the a...
A Drone For Dangerous Missions
Popular Science - Technology, July 17, 2014
As early as next year, the Depart?ment of Defense will test-fly an entirely new type of combat drone. The craft is called Ares, for Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System, and it's designed to take off and land vertically. Unlike airplane-esque drones, which are cumbersome to launch and land, Ares co...
What Sort Of Weapon Shot Down Flight MH-17?
Popular Science - Technology, July 17, 2014
Slovenian Soldiers With MANPADS These are SA-18 Igla Man Portable Air Defense Systems. MORS, via Wikimedia Commons Earlier today, Malaysia Airlines flight?MH-17, flying from?Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, killing all 295 people on board. Following Ukraine''s?ouster of...
Regulation Won''t Kill The Sharing Economy. We Just Need New Rules.
Popular Science - Technology, July 16, 2014
Travis Kalanick, co-founder of Uber. The five-year-old ride-sharing company was recently valued at $18 billion. Heisenberg Media/Flickr In April, San Francisco City Attorney Daniel Herrera?brought a lawsuit against a handful of landlords on the grounds that they had illegally evicted tenants from th...
The Ballad Of Ron Allum
Popular Science - Technology, July 16, 2014
Ron Allum. Brook Rushton/National Geographic In late March 2012, an oblong lime-green submersible broke the surface of the Western Pacific near Guam.?On the deck of a nearby ship, the Mermaid Sapphire, an 80-person support team and a film crew cheered wildly. The team winched the peculiar-looking cr...
Does ''The Ocean Cleanup'' Stand Up To Peer Review?
Popular Science - Technology, July 16, 2014
Ocean Plastic Debris All of these pieces of plastic were removed from the stomach of a single north fulmar, a seabird, during a necropsy at the National Wildlife Health Lab. Carol Meteyer, USGS Dutch engineering student Boyan Slat has a?plan to cull millions of tons of animal-killing, economy-hurtin...
Marines Prepare For Future War With Robot Horses And Swimming Trucks
Popular Science - Technology, July 16, 2014
Legged Support System Robot In Hawaii U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan Last week in Hawaii, a squad of U.S. Marines brought a robot deep into the jungle. The Legged Support System (LS3)?robot walks on four legs, carries?400 pounds, and shambles its way over rough terrain, like a mech...
In Flight Test, British Stealth Drone Is Actually Stealthy
Popular Science - Technology, July 15, 2014
Taranis Drone In Flight BAE Systems Last week, the U.K. Ministry of Defense?announced that, after a successful series of trials,?BAE Systems'' Taranis test drone is as stealthy as hoped. This is good news for people who like stealth drones, and bad news for people who want to shoot them down.? The m...
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