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US needs new deep-space Agency, Apollo astronaut says

December 11, 2012


The U.S. should create a new agency dedicated to manned exploration of the moon, Mars and other destinations in deep space, says former Apollo astronaut Harrison Schmitt, reports.

Schmitt suggests the new agency be called the National Space Exploration Administration.

The new deep-space agency should “stay young, and develop a management structure that is not so hierarchical — that is actually a… read more

US Navy Wants to Field Cyber-Attack System

April 5, 2010

AV Week Cyberattack System

In 2018, the U.S. Navy hopes to take a major step toward fielding a cyber-attack system on a fighter-size aircraft by developing a combination electronic jamming system and data weapon.

US military plans to put internet router in space

April 15, 2007

The US military plans to test an internet router in space, in a project that could also benefit civilian broadband satellite communications.

Potential non-military benefits of DoD’s Internet Routing In Space (IRIS) program include the ability to route IP traffic between satellites in space in much the same way packets are moved on the ground, reducing delays, saving on capacity and offering greater networking flexibility.

US military creates second Earth

February 24, 2004

The US Army is building a second version of Earth on computer to help it prepare for conflicts around the world.

The project aims to help the US Army plan future conflicts. The software Earth is being created for the US Army by gaming company There. It is planning to model the entire planet at a scale that would make it possible to walk across the United States if… read more

US looks to create robo-soldier

April 11, 2002

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, funded by the US Army, is setting up a $50 million research center known as the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN) to develop the soldier of the future.
The center will develop futuristic cyborg technologies, such as devices that can heal soldiers, nearly invisible uniforms, clothing that can become a rigid cast when a soldier breaks a leg, shoes with built-in power packs to endow… read more

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., 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


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

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