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US group implants electronic tags in workers

February 12, 2006

An Ohio company has embedded RFID chips in two of its employees — the first known case in which US workers have been “tagged” electronically as a way of identifying them.

CityWatcher.com, a private video surveillance company, said it was testing the technology as a way of controlling access to a room where it holds security video footage for government agencies and the police.

US father names son ‘Version 2.0′

February 3, 2004

Jon Blake Cusack, from Holland, Michigan has named his new-born son “Jon Blake Cusack 2.0,” as if he were a software upgrade.

“There’s a lot of new features from Version 1.0 [Mr Cusack himself] with additional features from [wife] Jamie,” he said.

US e-commerce comeback seen by 2010

February 3, 2009

E-commerce in the United States is expected to climb back to last year’s levels by 2010 after experiencing slowing growth in 2009 due to the recession; and online sales in 2010 could reach approximately $176.9 billion, representing 13 percent growth, said Forrester Research in its five-year e-commerce forecast.

US develops lethal new viruses

October 30, 2003

A scientist funded by the US government has deliberately created an extremely deadly form of mousepox, a relative of the smallpox virus, through genetic engineering.

The new virus kills all mice even if they have been given antiviral drugs as well as vaccinated. The research brings closer the prospect of pox viruses that cause only mild infections in humans being turned into diseases lethal even to people who have… read more

US denies patent for part-human hybrid

February 14, 2005

The US Patent and Trademark Office rejected a claim in a patent on a laboratory-conceived creature that is part human and part animal, saying the hybrid — designed for use in medical research but not yet created — would be too closely related to a human to be patentable.

The decision leaves a crucial question unanswered: At what point is something too human to patent?

The inventor, Stuart… read more

US boasts of laser weapon’s ‘plausible deniability’

August 13, 2008

The US Air Force Research Laboratory’s Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) weapon, dubbed the “long-range blowtorch,” can deliver the heat of a blowtorch with a range of up to 20 kilometers, so the aircraft carrying it might not be seen, especially at night.

The 5.5-ton ATL combines chlorine and hydrogen peroxide molecules to release energy, which stimulates iodine into releasing intense infrared light.

The ATL is touted as bringing… read more

US Army unveils 1.8 gigapixel camera helicopter drone

December 30, 2011

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New helicopter-style drones with 1.8 gigapixel color cameras are being developed by the U.S. Army.

The army said the technology promised “an unprecedented capability to track people and vehicles from altitudes above 20,000 feet (6.1km) across almost 65 square miles (168 sq km).

US Army toyed with telepathic ray gun

March 24, 2008

A recently declassified US Army report on the biological effects of non-lethal weapons reveals plans for “ray gun” devices, which would cause artificial fevers, disturb the sense of balance, or beam voices into people’s heads.

US Army to Push X-Files Tech Development, Invade World of Warcraft

November 6, 2008

The US Army is ramping up the development of technology that is “making science fiction into reality” as Dr. John Parmentola, Director of their Research and Laboratory Management, puts it.

The research includes regenerating body parts on “nano-scaffolding,” telepathy through electronic impulses in the scalp, and self-aware virtual photorealistic soldiers that can be deployed in the battlefield through “quantum ghost imaging.” To test these they want to use them… read more

US Army orders weapons supercomputer

August 4, 2004

The US army has commissioned a new supercomputer to model the behavior of materials used in the development of new weapons.

Named Stryker, it will be capable of a peak performance of 10 teraflops. It will be the most powerful computer in the world to use the Linux operating system.

On July 27, the US Navy ordered an even faster supercomputer from IBM that will have a peak… read more

US Army Invests in ‘Thought Helmet’ Technology for Voiceless Communication

September 23, 2008
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Future soldiers may communicate silently with sophisticated “thought helmets” that detect a person’s brain waves, decode then into words, and transmit them as radio waves to the headphones of other soldiers.

US approves world’s biggest solar energy project in California

October 26, 2010

The U.S. Department of Interior approved on Monday a permit for Solar Millennium, LLC to build the largest solar energy project in the world — fourĀ  plants at the cost of one billion dollars each — in southern California.

The project is expected to generate up to 1,000 Megawatts of energy, enough electricity to annually power more than 300,000 single-family homes, more than doubling the solar electricity production capacity… read more

Upside of Downsizing Analog Chips

February 21, 2002

Impinj has found a way to make analog devices employing the same CMOS technology currently used for making digital chips and fine-tuning them after they are produced. The result is analog devices that can be scaled down to tiny sizes and work better than the current generation of analog chips.
The “self-adaptive silicon” technology is modeled on how the human brain adjusts nerve cells; it can monitor… read more

Uploading Life: Send Your Personality to Space

June 28, 2001

The gradual merging of human beings with their computers over the next century gives rise to the prospect of interstellar immortality, said William Sims Bainbridge at a recent George Washington University Space Policy Institute symposium.

Cognitive neural science, genetic engineering, nanotechnology and information systems may allow the founding of a cosmic civilization, a possibility that does not require flying living human bodies and all the necessities of life to… read more

Updating Prescriptions for Avoiding Worldwide Catastrophe

September 13, 2006

In a new book, scientist James E. Lovelock has come under attack from some environmentalists for his support of nuclear power as a way to avoid runaway “global heating” — his preferred alternative to “global warming.”

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