U.S. Navy to add futuristic laser weapon to its arsenal this summer


Laser Weapon System

The U.S. Navy will turn fiction into reality when it deploys its first laser weapon aboard one of its ships this summer. The solid-state Laser Weapons System promises to be able to incinerate aerial drones and speedboats quickly and less expensive that today’s weapons, which typically relies on a finite supply of interceptor missiles that cost roughly $1.4 million a shot. The laser, on the other hand, can be fired continuously and costs just a few bucks per shot. A prototype will be deployed this summer on board the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf.



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Drones: garage invention spawns multibillion-dollar defense industry

Abraham Karem

Abraham Karem began tinkering with drones in his garage in 1980.

Abraham Karem, is an engineer who had emigrated from Israel.  In 1980 he retreated into his three-car garage in Hacienda Heights outside Los Angeles and, to the bemusement of his tolerant wife, began to build an aircraft.

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Cybercrime Unit Introduced for 2012 Olympics

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Preparations are already underway to secure the online credentials of the 2012 Olympics, with the announcement that that Metropolitan Police is in the midst of setting up two specialist web-based teams.

In a bid to smoke out e-crime and ticketing fraud on the web, the Met will put two teams in place: one to stop hackers from getting into the Olympics’ computer systems and the other to try and combat the influx of fraudulent tickets online.

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Blast-Proof Your Walls With The X-Flex Wallpaper


Think prayer is all you can do to keep your home safe in the middle of a warzone?  With the X-Flex bomb-surviving wallpaper, you just might have another line of defense.  It’s not exactly salvation, but it could help keep your fortress intact for just a little while longer.

Invented by Berry Plastics in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the life-saving wallpaper can help keep your walls intact even after being hit by blasts.  A video on the PopSci website (link below) even shows it tested against a wrecking ball swinging its weight onto a wall at maximum velocity. The wall survived, albeit with obvious signs of damage…


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Military Meets Recruiting Goal – First Time In 35 Years


For the first time in more than 35 years, the U.S. military has met all of its annual recruiting goals, as hundreds of thousands of young people have enlisted despite the near-certainty that they will go to war.  The Pentagon, which made the announcement Tuesday, said the economic downturn and rising joblessness, as well as bonuses and other factors, had led more qualified youths to enlist.


Indian Security Forces Plan to Replace Explosives With Hot Chillies


Bang! Now you are burning.

India’s security forces are planning to mix one of the world’s hottest chilli powders in hand grenades to control riots and battle insurgents.

Defence scientists said they will replace explosives in small grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise a person without killing him.

“We are working on a project on how to use the hottest chilli in different applications in defence forces,” said RB Srivastava, a scientist at the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation.

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Caterpillars Utilize Sound and Stench As Defense


A Very Crafty Caterpillar

Caterpillars of the Great Peacock Moth (Saturnia pyri) are generating quite a buzz lately. A recent study has shown that these giant silkmoth caterpillars are advertising acoustically that they are unpallatable and warn of an upcoming defense strategy.

When disturbed by a would be attacker the caterpillars stridulate by rubbing their mouth parts together, creating broadband chirps spanning from 3.7-55.1 kHz. While it is still unclear who exactly they are advertising to, a predator would be well advised to stay away from their sharp, chemical exuding bristles.

Though is not the first example of sound production in caterpillars it is a novel mechanism, paving the way for future research.

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Scientists Determine That Goldfish Can Feel Pain

Scientists Determine That Goldfish Can Feel Pain

It is a question that has puzzled scientists – and anglers – for generations, but now a team of researchers claims to have demonstrated that fish do feel pain.  

Whilst the creatures can clearly be seen to react to a jab or blow, experts have disagreed over whether the reaction indicates a sensation of pain, or is little more than a basic reflex.

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Electronic Gadgets Could One Day Be Powered By Blood Flow

Electronic Gadgets Could One Day Be Powered By Blood Flow

This image show an experimental test of piezoelectric nanowires that harness a hamster’s wheel-turning energy into usable power. 

Power generated from flowing blood, simple body movements or a gentle breeze could one day be converted to electricity to charge iPods, cell phones and other personal electronic devices.

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The Fastest Rocket Sled On Earth

 The Fastest Rocket Sled On Earth

High-speed photography shows the shock waves produced by the rapid acceleration of the 4-stage rocket sled.

It might make the ultimate amusement park ride, if anyone could survive. Hitting hypersonic speeds of Mach 8.5–that’s 6416 mph, in civilian terms–a 4-stage rocket sled took just 6.04 seconds to blast the more than 3-mile length of track at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

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