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armyComposite metal foams provide armor protection for one third the weight and make super car bumpers

Stainless steel composite metal foam can replace rolled homogeneous steel armor with the same protection for one-third of the weight. According to the material’s inventor the material would make a great bumper, as the sponginess of the metal foam soaks …

air forceAir Force and HRL Labs work on promising material for hypersonic vehicles

The US Air Force is testing materials produced through ceramic additive manufacturing to advance their potential future use in hypersonic flight vehicles. They are testing additively manufactured silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) materials.The geometric complexity of components that can be produced through …

armyUS Army will have VR training and provide drones for every squad

US Army, marines and special forces will be getting improved training through virtual reality and improved real-world drills and new drones for scouting and air support. In the 1970s there was a revolution in shoulder-launched missiles to kill tanks and …

darpaDARPA tries to create real life biostasis to give more time to treat injured people

In Star Trek and other science fiction shows, Dr. McCoy and others often place their patients into stasis. Stasis freezes, stops or greatly slows the biological processes. DARPA is now trying to do this in real life. DARPA wants to …

aircraftChina’s railgun tech uses high power semiconductor technology from an acquired UK company

The 2008 purchase of Dynex Semiconductor by Chinese railway firm Zhouzhou CRRC Times Electric helped the development of the Chinese navy’s new railguns. Dynex is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high-powered semiconductors, including insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), which …

aircraftChina will launch nuclear-powered aircraft carrier by 2025

China might have a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the water by 2025. China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), which refitted China’s first aircraft carrier and built its second confirmed that a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was in the works. The reports are …

darpaDARPA wants epigenome scanners that can detect any past exposure to WMDs

DARPA’s new Epigenetic CHaracterization and Observation (ECHO) program aims to build a field-deployable platform technology that quickly reads someone’s epigenome and identifies signatures that indicate whether that person has ever—in his or her lifetime—been exposed to materials that could be …

cyborgDARPA wants to combine DC’s Aquaman sea life control and Cyborg powers to monitor the oceans

DARPA wants to use genetically modified sealife that is integrated with electronics in order to monitor the oceans. The Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program envisions using the natural sensing capabilities of marine organisms to detect the presence of underwater …

darpaDARPA aims for 100-fold performance improvement for defense-related sensors and devices

The performance and reliability of quantum sensors and devices is dependent on the length of time the underlying quantum states can remain coherent. If you wait long enough, interactions with the environment will make the state behave like a conventional …

futureUS Air Force putting $10 billion into next generation fighter designs with hypersonic tech and AI

The US Air Force is already accelerating the development of a sixth-generation fighter as China ramps up its military. The Air Force is investing $10 billion in the next generation fighter platform over the next five years. This is $2.7 …