Space Plane Tech Could Power Hypersonic Aircraft for US Military
 SKYLON Concept Space Plane 2
August 21st, 2014
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which is intended to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said.
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Zombies and Prosthetic Limbs? The Many Uses of 3D Scanners
WWZ 3D scans
August 21st, 2014
Ever wonder why the zombies in the film "World War Z" appear so lifelike? It's not just makeup — some of them were created with the aid of high-tech scanning technology.
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Body Odor and Brain Waves: 5 Cool New ID Technologies
Fingerprint Scan
August 20th, 2014
For the most part, society still relies heavily on ID cards to prove who people are, but identification technologies are moving into new realms with devices that could distinguish individuals by their veins, brain waves and even body odor.
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What the Deep Sea Sounds Like
Orca with freighter
August 21st, 2014
At the bottom of the ocean, a network of underwater microphones eavesdrops day in and day out on the squeaky laments of whales, the rumbles of earthquakes and the drone of passing ships.
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Beyond Bulletproof: New 'X-Vehicles' Take Stealth to the Extreme
An artistic rendering of an X-vehicle.
August 19th, 2014
Imagine an armored truck that can drive itself, is invisible to enemies and can travel at extreme speeds. That's the type of truck the Pentagon is hoping to develop through its new ground X-vehicle (GXV-T) program.
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Fighter Jets and Drones Practice Rapid-Fire Launches
U.S. Navy drone aboard aircraft carrier.
August 18th, 2014
The U.S. Navy recently conducted its first successful tests of drones and jets operating together aboard an aircraft carrier. The test flights took place Sunday (Aug. 17) aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
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High 'n' Dry: GPS Offers New Way to Measure Drought
gps station
August 21st, 2014
The western United States has suffered a crippling drought for the past three years, but researchers now have a fuller picture of the extent of damage, thanks to a new way to measure how much water has been lost.
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Watch a Cyborg Moth Twirl on the Dance Floor (Video)
The cyborg moth
August 20th, 2014
With the goal of one day making tiny living drones, a team of engineers created a cyborg moth and watched it spin inside an "insect disco" full of flashing lights.
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