Military

armyUS Army Loading Up on New Mini-drones and Ground Robots

The US Army is buying 18000 drones from mini-palm sized drones to new ground robots for Afghanistan. The palm-sized Black Hornet mini-drone only weighs just over one ounce. The Army is buying 9,000 systems — each with two drones — …

futureQuantum Sensing With Squeezed State of Light Reduces Noise

Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL) has quantum sensors that use a “squeezed” state of light to greatly reduce statistical noise that occurs in ordinary light. This could impact a wide range of potential applications from airport security scanning to gravitational …

3d printing3D Printing of Hypersonic Missile Swarms

Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are developing 3D printed engines for smaller hypersonic missiles that could be deployed in at lower cost in swarms. The air-breathing scramjet will use regular aviation fuel. Northrop Grumman has new materials and technology to 3-D …

energyAdvancing to Cheaper Extraction of Uranium from Seawater

Researchers have a new material that selectively binds dissolved uranium with a low-cost polymer adsorbent. This could lower the cost and increase the efficiency of extracting uranium from oceans for sustainable energy production. There is about 4 billion tons of …

exaflopWorld’s Fastest Supercomputer Triples Performance to 445 PetaFLOPS

Using HPL-AI, a new approach to benchmarking AI supercomputers, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit supercomputer system reached 445 petaflops or nearly half an exaflops. The system’s official Linpack performance is 148 petaflops announced in the new TOP500 list of the …

chinaChina Globalizing Currency But Ten Years From Passing British Pound for Third

Russia and China agreed to develop bilateral trade using the Russian ruble and the Chinese yuan. China-Russia bilateral trade was US$24.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, according to Chinese customs. This was up 30 percent over the first …

energyOne Thousand US Troops Sent to Middle East in Response to Iran’s Attack on Oil Tankers

One thousand U.S. troops are being sent to the Middle East in response to last week’s attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The US accused Tehran of being responsible for an explosion that set two oil tankers …

militaryAdam Savage Made Real Life Flying Iron Man Armor

Adam Savage has made bullet-proof Iron Man Armor using 3D printed titanium and a flying jet suit from Gravity. It is more precisely a real-life Titanium Man (comic book enemy of Iron Man). The US military (Special Ops) recently canceled …

futureLaser-driven Particle Accelerator Made Ten Thousand Times Smaller

Dielectric laser accelerators (DLAs) provide a compact and cost-effective solution to this problem by driving accelerator nanostructures with visible or near-infrared (NIR) pulsed lasers, resulting in a 10,000 times reduction of scale. Current implementations of DLAs rely on free-space lasers …