Controversy brews over use of autonomous killer robots in war

A scene from the 2003 film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

U.N. will begin to lay the groundwork for the role robots will play in war.

People are promised their quality of life will improve with the advances of technology, and what could be a better example of that than sending robots instead of humans into dangerous situations? Robots can help conduct research in deep oceans and harsh climates, or deliver food and medical supplies to disaster areas. (Video)

 

 

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Brains of children from violent homes function same as combat soldiers

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Witnessing violence can have a traumatic effect on the brain.

Scientists at the University College of London (UCL) and the Anna Freud Center liken the impact of family violence on the brains of children to the brains of soldiers exposed to combat. Both kinds of combat result in hypersensitivity to danger and put subjects at risk for developing anxiety disorders.

 

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Lockheed Martin begins biomechanical testing on the HULC exoskeleton

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HULC Exoskeleton

Lockheed Martin begins biomechanical testing of the ruggedized HULCTM exoskeleton at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Mass.  Based on feedback from soldiers, the testing is expected to help shape future requirements for the HULC .

 

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Up to 35% of Wounded Soldiers in Warrior Units are Addicted to Drugs

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25% to 35% of wounded soldiers are addicted to drugs.

Medical officials estimate that 25% to 35% of about 10,000 ailing soldiers assigned to special wounded-care companies or battalions are addicted or dependent on drugs — particularly prescription narcotic pain relievers, according to an Army inspector general’s report made public Tuesday.

 

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Camouflaged Soldiers from Around the World

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Camouflaged soldier

Camouflage is a method of cryptic or concealing coloration that allows an otherwise visible organism or object to remain indiscernible from the surrounding environment through deception. Nineteenth century armies tended to use bright colors and bold, impressive designs. These were intended to daunt the enemy, attract recruits, foster unit cohesion, or allow easier identification of units in the fog of war. (pics)

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‘Bullet Proof Custard’ – A New Type of Liquid Armor

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 The new light-weight material could eventually replace the “thick, heavy-layered plates” of Kevlar used in existing bullet-proof vests.

Researchers at BAE systems in Bristol combined a “shear-thickening” liquid with the existing material used in bullet-proof vests – called Kevlar – to create the new armor. The chemical formula of the new liquid is being kept secret but scientists say it works by thickening and becoming sticky on impact with a bullet.

Unseen Photos Reveal the Private Life of Hitler Part 1

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Hitler salutes German troops in Adolf Hitler Platz on September 1st, 1938

A set of photographs showing the private side of Adolf Hitler have been published for the first time. The colour pictures come from the collection of Hugo Jaeger, Hitler’s personal photographer, who captured him on camera him from 1936 to the final days of his rule in 1945. Jaeger hid thousands of transparencies in a leather suitcase at the end of the war. The case was found by six US soldiers as they searched a house near Munich where he was staying but they were more interested in a bottle of cognac he had also slipped inside. (Pics)

 

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