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How to Collect the Right Data

July 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix. But some types of data are harder to ...

Photos of the Day: The Black Hornet Pocket Helicopter

July 25, 2014 1:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox...

$148 Million Metal Research Center Set for Detroit

July 23, 2014 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fall opening of the Detroit headquarters for a federally funded metals research program was...

Nano-Sized Chip 'Sniffs Out' Explosives Far Better than Trained Dogs

July 23, 2014 10:47 am | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs...

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Sandia Ensures U.S. Nuclear Weapons Deterrent Can Remain Effective, Credible

July 22, 2014 10:54 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

It may sound strange to say that nuclear weapons must survive radiation. But as part of its mission of ensuring the nation’s stockpile is safe, secure and effective as a deterrent, Sandia National Laboratories must make sure crucial parts can ...

Converting Academy Waste into Renewable Energy

July 22, 2014 10:48 am | by Amber Baillie, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs | News | Comments

During August 2013, the Defense Department Environmental Security Technology Certification Program funded CDM Smith, a national engineering and construction firm, to test how the U.S. Air Force Academy can reduce energy use and cost ...  

Hotspot: Unmanned Submarine Sets Sail for Testing

July 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, a drone that locates disaster victims by locating their phones; BAE Systems unveils its Striker II HMD; an autonomous unmanned submarine sets sail for testing; and Jaguar's smart car...     

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Without Radar, Missile May Not Have Identified Jet

July 22, 2014 9:21 am | by Danica Kirka & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | News | Comments

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said ...

U.S. Army Intelligence System Pulled from Key Test

July 22, 2014 9:18 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

U.S. Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system. DCGS-A is a network of software, sensors and databases that is ...

Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

July 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

A team of researchers led by Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering, has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor to detect incredibly minute concentrations of explosives ...

Boeing Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

July 18, 2014 5:22 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former procurement officer for The Boeing Company in St. Louis pleaded guilty Friday to federal fraud charges for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to Boeing. Deon Anderson, 47, of St. Louis, admitted ...

Anti-Tank Missile Detector Joins the Fight Against Malaria

July 17, 2014 11:21 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

State-of-the-art military hardware could soon fight malaria, one of the most deadly diseases on the planet. Researchers at Monash University and the University of Melbourne have used an anti-tank Javelin missile detector, more commonly ...

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Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...                

Japan Approves Joint Missile Study, Export to U.S.

July 17, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets. The approval late Thursday marks the first ...

LEMO Acquires Custom Cable Manufacturer Northwire

July 15, 2014 10:44 am | by LEMO | Lemo Usa, Inc., Northwire, Inc. | News | Comments

LEMO is pleased to announce that they have acquired Northwire, Inc., (NWI) a US specialty cable manufacturer of wire and multi-conductor cable and retractiles for the medical, aerospace and defense, energy, and industrial markets ...  

Photos of the Day: Homeland Security's Robotic Tuna

July 15, 2014 9:46 am | by U.S. Department of Homeland Security | News | Comments

Inspired by the real tuna, BIOSwimmer is a UUV designed for high maneuverability in harsh environments, with a flexible aft section and appropriately placed sets of pectoral and other fins. For those cluttered and hard-to-reach underwater ...

Protecting our Harbors & Ships with the BIOSwimmer

July 15, 2014 9:44 am | by U.S. Department of Homeland Security | News | Comments

No question about it… they’re very good at what they do. But they don’t take well to orders, especially those to carry out inspection work in oily or dangerous environments, or in any kind of harsh environment, for that matter. Still, they’re one of ...

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Engineering Update: The Navy's Robo-Tuna

July 11, 2014 10:03 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Navy is experimenting with a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This so-called "biometric" autonomous vehicle not only looks like a fish, but swims like one as well. The "robo-tuna" doesn't rely on traditional means of propulsion like propellers or jets, but it actually swims by flipping its tail ...

DARPA Plans to Speed Process for Developing New Materials

July 10, 2014 1:20 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Military platforms—such as ships, aircraft and ground vehicles—rely on advanced materials to make them lighter, stronger and more resistant to stress, heat and other harsh environmental conditions. Currently, the process ...     

Agile Aperture Antenna Tested on Aircraft

July 10, 2014 12:17 pm | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The Georgia Tech Research Institute’s software-defined, electronically-reconfigurable Agile Aperture Antenna (A3) has now been tested on the land, sea and air. Department of Defense representatives were in attendance during a recent event where ...

Engineering Newswire 98: Airbus Details Windowless Cockpit of the Future

July 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re going autonomous with army caravans, seeing the world without any windows, and 3D printing on the fly ...                 

Engineer's Military Vehicle Collection for Sale in Record Setting Auction

July 10, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The tanks and other vehicles — part of one of the nation's most extensive, historic, military vehicle collections — were among those amassed over decades by Silicon Valley engineer Jacques Littlefield, who kept them on his family estate ...

Photos of the Day: Military Tanks Among Nation's Most Historic Collections

July 10, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 80 tanks, including this Saladin armored car, that were amassed by Littlefield are set to go up for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area in what is being billed as one of the largest auctions of military vehicles ever ...   

Top Army Brass Defend Troubled Intelligence System

July 10, 2014 9:30 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence ...

Autonomous Vehicles to Exploit Capabilities of Machines

July 8, 2014 12:32 pm | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | News | Comments

Before long, Soldiers in tactical vehicles in the battle-space could get help from autonomous systems. These systems will provide increased situational awareness and decrease the probability of accidents using safety features such as ...  

The 1s & 0s Behind Cyber Warfare

July 2, 2014 10:10 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Chris Domas is a cybersecurity researcher, operating on what’s become a new front of war, "cyber." In this engaging talk, he shows how researchers use pattern recognition and reverse engineering (and pull a few all-nighters) to understand ... 

Philippines to Get 1st New Fighter Jets Next Year

July 1, 2014 6:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Philippine president said Tuesday his country's ill-equipped military will receive its first new fighter jets in nearly a decade next year to help defend the country's territory. President Benigno Aquino III said two of 12 FA-50 multi-purpose ...

Navy Blames Human Error, Malfunction for Drone Crash

June 30, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Navy says human error and a malfunctioning problem are to blame for a November drone accident off the coast of Southern California that injured two sailors and caused $30 million in damage to a warship ...          

U.S. Wants to Resume Cyber Talks with China

June 27, 2014 11:14 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States next month will urge China to resume discussions on cyber security that were abruptly suspended after the Americans charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to ...       

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