Watch the U.S. Navy Blow Shit Up With Its Futuristic Railgun

Gamers and scifi enthusiasts are familiar with the much-vaunted railgun — an electrically powered projectile launcher capable of propelling objects at speeds reaching Mach 7. We've seen the Navy's railgun in action before — but we've never actually seen it destroy stuff. Until now. » 4/08/14 11:28am 4/08/14 11:28am

DARPA's New Biotech Division Wants To Create A Transhuman Future

The Pentagon's advanced research wing has announced its latest budget — and whoa, does DARPA ever have some ambitious plans for the future. Their new Biotech unit will be harnessing biology for national security, and dealing with everything from stopping plagues to building synthetic soldiers. » 4/02/14 9:30am 4/02/14 9:30am

This Is How DARPA's Robotic VTOL X-Planes Will Dominate The Sky

The Pentagon's advanced concepts research wing has asked four companies to make "radical improvements" to vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Revealingly, the initial proposals for these VTOL X-Planes consist entirely of robots. » 3/20/14 10:20am 3/20/14 10:20am

The U.S. Navy says stealth drones could be used to attack enemy planes

Imagine a scenario where a human pilot is accompanied by a fleet of robotic wingmen, each of them ready to attack any wayward enemy aircraft that dares to get in their way. The U.S. Navy says it's a distinct possibility — one that's not beyond current technological capabilities. » 2/14/14 2:20pm 2/14/14 2:20pm

Watch the first footage of the UK's Cylon-like stealth drone in flight

Taranis, the stealthy unmanned combat vehicle named after the Celtic god of Thunder, recently completed its first successful test flight. The British Air Force says it's the most advanced aircraft the UK's ever built — and based on sheer looks alone, we're inclined to agree. » 2/06/14 7:08am 2/06/14 7:08am

Stuxnet has infected a Russian nuclear plant and the space station…

The problem with creating Stuxnet, the world's most sophisticated malware worm, is that it could eventually go rogue. Which is precisely what has happened. The US- and Israeli-built virus has spread to a Russian nuclear plant — and even the International Space Station. » 11/11/13 1:20pm 11/11/13 1:20pm

The next world war will be fought by enhanced humans

Security and intelligence expert P. W. Singer has penned a fascinating article outlining the various ways leaders must prepare for the "chaotic battlefields of the future." Looking at the latest developments, they're going to have to anticipate a whole new way of making war. » 11/08/13 2:40pm 11/08/13 2:40pm

How Combat Medicine is Fighting to Keep More Troops Alive

When a nation sends its citizens to war, there are few things more important than providing the best treatment possible after they get injured in the line of duty. Thankfully, combat medicine has responded and evolved, steadily improving the survival chances of those injured on the battlefield. » 10/25/13 12:30pm 10/25/13 12:30pm

Winston Churchill's plan to fight Nazis with massive aircraft carriers…

As 1942 began, the Americans had joined World War II and the Battle of the Atlantic began to intensify. German U-boats were picking off merchant ships at an alarming rate. From January 13 to February 6, Hitler's wolfpacks dropped 157,000 tonnes of Allied shipping to the bottom of the ocean — and without incurring a… » 2/19/13 10:18am 2/19/13 10:18am

Are there perfectly preserved WWII-era Spitfire airplanes buried in…

A British team of archaeologists and surveyors are currently in Burma searching for dozens of Spitfire airplanes that were allegedly buried while still in their crates when World War II came to a close. For archaeologist David Cundall, it's a search that's 17 years in the making — and the product of his life's work.… » 1/18/13 4:09pm 1/18/13 4:09pm