Watch how the US military fights fire with electricity and sound

Traditional fire fighting techniques have relied on dousing flames with water or chemicals. But in an effort to fight fires in combat environments, DARPA has developed a groundbreaking technique where flames can be extinguished by using electricity and sound. But while the proof of concept has been established, the… » 7/13/12 4:31pm 7/13/12 4:31pm

Navy's newest robot is a mechanized, grenade-tossing firefighter

Add another eerily lifelike robot to the military's rapidly expanding android army. This one is, of all things, a mechanical firefighter. And not only can it climb ladders like its flesh-and-blood counterparts, it's designed to interact with human handlers in a kind of human/robot bucket brigade. » 3/09/12 6:30am 3/09/12 6:30am

Future firefighters could fight fire with blasts of flame-bending…

In some respects, firefighting technology has come a long way over the past several decades—we now have flame suppressing foams and powders for instance, as well as new ways of delivering them to the fire. » 3/27/11 4:30pm 3/27/11 4:30pm