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Defense and Security

Portable Plastic Explosives Detector

RedXDefense of Rockville, Maryland has recently developed a portable kit that could provide a quick and simple visual diagnostic for detecting plastic explosives favored by terrorists. The device, which was designed to be used by in security checkpoints and under ...

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Darpa’s Heliplane

Darpa’s Heliplane

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to demonstrate a 400mph gyrodyne, called Heliplane. Heliplane is an air vehicle that combines vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and the low disk loading characteristics of a helicopter with the speed and ...

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Ancient Fish Inspires Armor of the Future

Ancient Fish Inspires Armor of the Future

A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have suggested an intriguing technique for producing an especially resistant armor for soldiers of the future. The military-funded research, which draws its inspiration from a study of a primitive ...

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Toy Rocket Inspires Variable Speed Bullets

Toy Rocket Inspires Variable Speed Bullets

Lund and Company Invention, a toy design studio based near Chicago, makes toy rockets that are powered by burning hydrogen, allowing them to travel at various speeds. Now the company is being funded by the US army to adapt that ...

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Yamaha’s Terrascout Autonomous Vehicle

Yamaha’s Terrascout Autonomous Vehicle

The Terrascout project has set itself the goal of creating a high-speed autonomous vehicle capable of patrolling large areas. The team is using an all-terrain-vehicle in which various systems required for autonomous operation are installed. The final result will be ...

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Better Biometrics

Better Biometrics

New personal identification verification (PIV) cards that offer improved protection from identity theft meet the standard accuracy criteria for federal identification cards according to researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). By fall, most federal employees and ...

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TRON – High-Tech Identification System

TRON –  High-Tech Identification System

The Air Force Research Laboratory teamed up with Ohio based Company Lumitex in order to develop the Target Recognition Operator Notification system (TRON). TRON is an Infra-Red (IR) device that uses a thin and flexible fiber optic woven cloth to ...

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The Spider-Bots Are Coming

The Spider-Bots Are Coming

BAE Systems has signed a $38 million agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory regarding the joint development of miniature robots for military use. The robots will be developed by a multi-disciplined alliance of scientists and researchers from the army ...

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Camera ‘Sees’ Under Clothes

Camera ‘Sees’ Under Clothes

A British company has developed a camera that can detect weapons, drugs, and explosives hidden under people’s clothes from a distance of up to 25 meters. This new device may prove to be a major breakthrough for the security industry, ...

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Bat-Inspired Spy Plane

Bat-Inspired Spy Plane

Scientists at the University of Michigan College of Engineering are developing a six-inch robotic spy plane, modeled after a bat. Its purpose is gathering data such as sights, sounds, and smells in urban combat zones and transmitting the information back ...

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