Liquid armor and tiny high power engines will be in 2018 special forces exoskeleton prototypes

US Special Ops Command plans to have some initial TALOS exoskeleton suit prototypes by 2018. Progress is being made on exoskeletons for US special forces. The exoskeletons are designed to increase strength and protection and help keep valuable operators alive when they kick down doors and engage in combat. The technologies currently being developed include …

Read more

Volvo Trucks’ concept truck cuts fuel consumption by more than 30 %

Almost one-third lower fuel consumption. Volvo Trucks’ new concept vehicle shows how it is possible to drastically boost productivity in long-haul operations. Among the secrets behind these remarkable fuel savings are aerodynamic design and lower kerb weight. With support from the Swedish Energy Agency, Volvo Trucks has developed a new concept vehicle, the Volvo Concept …

Read more

Eagles and Falcons being used to intercept drones is seeing 3000 year old falconry applied to modern drone problems

Dutch company, Guard from Above, intercept bad drones using of birds of prey. Not every location has the same threat of drones. A drone doesn’t have be a threat at all. Is a drone carrying a HD-camera? This could be a threat but doesn’t always have to pose a threat. The first step is always …

Read more

Compact spherical tokamak would be 100 times smaller than ITER and has a chance to start operating decades earlier

Startup company Tokamak Energy has published three papers showing size is not an important factor in fusion reactors and proving that a compact spherical tokamak reactor can produce high power. This turns the pursuit of fusion into a series of engineering challenges. The Tokamak Energy plan will overcome these challenges, such as the development of …

Read more

Navy Lasers, Railgun and Hypervelocity Projectile are each game changers but combined will be a revolution

The Navy is currently developing three potential new weapons that could improve the ability of its surface ships to defend themselves against enemy missiles—solid state lasers (SSLs), the electromagnetic railgun (EMRG), and the hypervelocity projectile (HVP). Any one of these new weapon technologies, if successfully developed and deployed, might be regarded as a “game changer” …

Read more

Berkeley Lab research on how lithium-rich cathodes work is leading to 50% higher capacity lithium ion batteries

In the quest for a radically better lithium-ion battery, a promising direction is the so-called “lithium-rich” cathode, in which the cathode contains a higher proportion of lithium than normal. While it has the potential to have far higher energy density, scientists have lacked a clear picture of the chemical processes, especially the role of oxygen. …

Read more

DARPA $6.4M contract supports malaria research aimed at enhancing resilience

Investigators believe learning why malaria causes acute, potentially lethal disease in some humans and animals, while others are much more resilient or tolerant, could lead them to better intervention strategies for malaria and other diseases, including new and better drugs. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) are supporting …

Read more

Russia To Modernize Its Lone Aircraft Carrier Next Year, New Carrier Program Could Start in 2025

Modernization of Russia’s heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is planned to be launched in the first quarter of 2017, the corresponding contract will be signed in the short run, a source in the defense industry complex told TASS on Wednesday. “The works on the vessel will begin after she returns from a long-distance voyage in …

Read more

A planet 1,200 light-years away is a good prospect for a habitable world

A distant planet known as Kepler-62f could be habitable, a team of astronomers reports. The planet, which is about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Lyra, is approximately 40 percent larger than Earth. At that size, Kepler-62f is within the range of planets that are likely to be rocky and possibly …

Read more

Diabetes discovery could lead to more effective drugs

The formation of type 2 diabetes is directly related to how our muscles convert sugar, a landmark new study has found. Researchers at the University of Melbourne’s Medical School at the Austin Hospital have used elegant gene splicing technology to prove this popular theory about the biological cause of Type 2 diabetes. This is the …

Read more