Lockheed and Elbit are working together on upgrading the British Challenger 2 tank

Lockheed Martin UK is to bid for the Ministry of Defence’s contract to upgrade the British Army’s Challenger 2 tanks. In collaboration with Elbit Systems UK, Lockheed Martin UK will submit a proposal to undertake the Life Extension Project (LEP) that will see the main battle tanks in service until 2035. Lockheed Martin UK is …

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Zebra fish, Salamander and bichir have the same genetic control mechanisms for limb regeneration

In a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, MDI Biological Laboratory scientists Benjamin L. King, Ph.D., and Voot P. Yin, Ph.D., identified these common genetic regulators in three regenerative species: the zebrafish, a common aquarium fish originally from India; the axolotl, a salamander native to the lakes of Mexico; and the bichir, a ray-finned …

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DARPA guided bullet program and the commercial Trackpoint precision firearms

In 2015, DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program developed a self-steering bullet to increase hit rates for difficult, long-distance shots, completed its most successful round of live-fire tests to date. An experienced shooter using the technology demonstration system repeatedly hit moving and evading targets. Additionally, a novice shooter using the system for the first …

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Sandia’s high-efficiency sparkplug-free gasoline auto engines

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Combustion Research Facility are helping to develop sparkplug-free engines that will help meet ambitious automotive fuel economy targets of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. They are working on low-temperature gasoline combustion (LTGC) operating strategies for affordable, high-efficiency engines that will meet stringent air-quality standards. Sandia researchers Isaac Ekoto and …

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DARPA awards contracts to develop smarter, faster unmanned and manned armored vehicles

Today’s ground-based armored fighting vehicles are better protected than ever, but face a constantly evolving threat: weapons increasingly effective at piercing armor. While adding more armor has provided incremental increases in protection, it has also hobbled vehicle speed and mobility and ballooned development and deployment costs. To help reverse this trend, DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology …

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Google Fiber coming to parts of San Francisco

Google Fiber will provide service to some apartments, condos, and affordable housing properties in San Francisco, using existing fiber. By using existing fiber to connect some apartments and condos, as we’ve done before, we can bring service to residents more quickly. This approach will allow us to serve a portion of San Francisco, complementing the …

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Manoeuvrable warheads are back due to expectations of improved anti-missile missiles, lasers and railguns

On 5 February 2016 Chinese state TV revealed for the first time the manoeuvrable warhead that could be from the DF-21C medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) produced by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC). However, subsequent Chinese TV reporting from 12 February shows an exercise involving what may be the CASIC DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile …

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Commander in charge of US nuclear forces calls for modernization and buildup of US nuclear forces to counter strengthening China and Russia

Rick Fisher, a China military analyst at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, said China appears to be seeking to “sprint to parity” with the United States in warhead numbers along with growing space warfare capabilities. Rick Fisher feels this poses “a much greater danger to U.S. strategic forces and should prompt a build up …

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360 degree Videos that change viewing angle as you move your smartphone

Google’s Youtbue streaming video service serves up videos that let you look in any direction Clash of clans has a 360 video which changes viewing orientation as you move your smartphone. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked …

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Printable holograms will enable holographic lens telescopes and smart windows

Researchers have developed a method for printing optical holographic lenses that could greatly simplify their fabrication. Because the method can be performed quickly and easily, it could potentially be used by astronauts to print lenses while in space for holographic lens telescopes. While current holographic lens fabrication methods are often expensive, time-consuming, and labor-intensive, the …

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