40 Years Ago, A Kids' Book Predicted The Reality Of Today's Drones

We're still coming to grips with the amazingly fast rise of personal drones, and it's hard to find science fiction that deals with the implications of that tech. But there is one book that explores the implications. It was published 40 years ago, and it's called Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy. » 9/16/14 10:43am Tuesday 10:43am

A Map Of The U.S. Military's Expanding Operations In Africa

While much of our attention is focused on ISIS and the Middle East, a closer look at the news cycle during the past two days reveals the extent to which the U.S. military has expanded its presence in Africa, where it is providing support for French counter-terrorism operations against militant Islamist groups. » 9/03/14 7:00am 9/03/14 7:00am

Why Being a Person Doesn't Matter If You're Not a Citizen

Science fiction has often grappled with the question of the rights of non-human intelligences that are indistinguishable from the rights of humans. They've often come down to the fact that, no matter their origin, people are people who have certain rights. But they might be focusing on the wrong question. The real… » 6/17/14 3:30am 6/17/14 3:30am

The Marines Are Building An Anti-Drone Weapon—And, Yep, It's A Laser

Now that pretty much everyone has surveillance drones, the U.S. Marines need to develop a weapon to knock them out of the skies—especially during the critical period when reconnaissance forces are landing on a beach. Faced with a shortage of anti-aircraft missiles, the Marines are looking for a few good lasers. » 6/13/14 2:00pm 6/13/14 2:00pm

Watch A Drone Deliver A Pizza To A Skyscraper In Mumbai

Francesco's Pizzeria is known in Mumbai for its thin-crust pizzas made with fresh herbs and a "secret" BBQ lime sauce. But recently, the restaurant achieved national fame when it decided to circumvent the city's notorious traffic by making a delivery by air. The public was delighted; the police, not-so-much. » 5/29/14 7:20am 5/29/14 7:20am