Sarah Fecht
at 12:34 PM Jun 23 2017
Tech // 

This vial is filled with human blood and a cocktail of drugs, including a full dose of methamphetamine. The man who was carrying it intended to inject himself with it.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:56 AM Jun 20 2017

Every missile is a carefully packaged bad day traveling at high speeds. Hypersonic missiles are a modern development in the long-running military arms race to figure out just how certain that bad end is for the humans on the receiving end. Russia's Zircon missile could enter arsenals as early as 2018. Despite headlines to the contrary, not enough about the missile is known yet to definitely claim that it poses an uncounterable threats ships in the sea.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 09:30 AM Jun 17 2017

American and Chinese defense giants are moving quickly to reach the edge of space, aiming to launch hypersonic aircraft that can cross continents in under an hour. What exactly does hypersonic mean? Speeds of over Mach 5, or more than 3,835 miles per hour.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:29 AM Jun 5 2017
Tech // 

It's light enough to balance on a fuzzy blade of grass, incredibly heat-resistant, and can be squished like a marshmallow. It's also a ceramic.

Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
at 09:29 AM Jun 5 2017

In Tom Clancy's book (and, later, the 1990 film) The Hunt For Red October, a Soviet submarine debuts a revolutionary, ultra-quiet engine that uses pumpjets and electrical propulsion technology to elude its foes. Chinese state media has reported that the nation is fitting its newest nuclear sub with an engine that sounds a lot like Clancy's imaginings in the real world.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:29 AM Jun 5 2017

On the water's surface, a robot talks to an underwater robot and tells it to launch a flying robot. Together, the three autonomous machines scouted for the U.S. Navy in a demonstration, showcasing autonomy, communication, and sensors all in mobile, robotic packages. It is a remarkable technological achievement, and one that foreshadows a future of robots working and fighting alongside sailors.

Kate Baggaley
at 09:29 AM Jun 5 2017

A typical plane flies for 25 years or so before it starts to wear out. When a plane is finally grounded, though, it doesn't have to be the end of the line.

 
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