New Armored Vehicle In The Works For Australia
Popular Science - Technology, 10 hours ago
A Patria AMV In Solvenian Service MORS, via Wikimedia Commons Over the past century, Australia has quietly participated in more major wars than expected. From a?disastrous assault on the Ottoman-held Gallipoli in World War I to fighting alongside British forces in World War II and Korea, as well as ...
China Shows Off Less Deadly Rocket Launcher
Popular Science - Technology, September 19, 2014
DZJ08 Rocket Launchr This rocket launcher is similar to the new Shoulder-Launched Rocket with Low Collateral Damage. Baike.Baidu It's not often that a military advertises a weapon on what it doesn't do, but at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exposition in Pretoria, South Africa,?that's exactly what...
The Week In Drones: Robots Piloting Robots, Indiana Drones, And More
Popular Science - Technology, September 19, 2014
Triton Drone Completes Its First Flight Alex Evers, via Wikimedia Commons Here''s a roundup of the week''s top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft. Robot Pilots Most drones are actually human-piloted, with the controls elsewhere and th...
Video: Peter Thiel On How We Can Make The Future Awesome
Popular Science - Technology, September 19, 2014
Peter Thiel The entrepreneur and author of a new book, Zero To One, stopped by the Popular Science offices for a chat. Popular Science Peter Thiel has never shied from speculating on the future-and then pouring money into technologies that match that vision. As a cofounder of Paypal, he pioneered a ...
U.S. Army Wants A Parachuting Tank
Popular Science - Technology, September 18, 2014
A CH-47 Chinook With Japan''s Self Defense Forces PD-self, via Wikimedia Commons After years of service in wars --?from Iraq to Afghanistan to Iraq again -- the Humvee is on its way out. Officially named the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, (HMMVV) its acronym and stature is so iconic tha...
Lockheed Laser Brings Turrets Back To Airplanes
Popular Science - Technology, September 17, 2014
ABC Laser Turret In Test Flight Air Force Research Laboratory In World War II, mighty bombers came equipped?with gun barrels, manned by gunners at the ready to protect the plane from attacking fighters. The B-52 Stratofortress even came with a tail gun for self defense?and last used it in combat ove...
The Devils And The Deep Blue Sky
Popular Science - Technology, September 16, 2014
Flight Path Knievel intended to soar 1,600 feet across Idaho''s Snake River Canyon, but his rocket ship''s parachute deployed prematurely and carried him back. Photograph by Dmitri Alexander Sporting a star-spangled jumpsuit and clutching a hollow scepter that typically concealed a stash of Wild Tur...
The Evolution Of Sneakers
Popular Science - Technology, September 16, 2014
Moon Boots Are Back. GE, Android Homme, and JackThreads released the Missions, limited edition sneakers commemorating the moon landing's 45th anniversary this year. The soles' thermoplastic rubber adds flexibility and increased absorption. Price $196.90. Sam Kaplan There's not a lot of wonder attach...
A Spacecraft That Packs The Punch Of A Warhead
Popular Science - Technology, September 16, 2014
Hayabusa Don Foley After a dysfunctional Hayabusa mission returned to Earth in 2003 with a measly 0.1 milligram of asteroid dust, Japan''s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) didn''t give up--it doubled down. In December, the $310-million Hayabusa 2 will launch on an intercept course with a 900-mete...
Rethinking The Turing Test
Popular Science - Technology, September 16, 2014
How Can I Help You? In the 2013 film, Elysium, critical jobs have been outsourced to intractible, inadequate machines, like this automated customer service rep. Image Courtesy of Elysium: The Art of the Film ? 2013 Tristar Pictures At a competition in June, a chatbot named Eugene duped a group of hu...
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