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Oct 18, 2016

Russia Turning Cellphone Towers Into Missile Jammers

Posted by in categories: government, military

Heading to Russia anytime soon? Well, that cell tower that you see in Russia may actually be a missile jammer.


Missile jammers aren’t exactly new as far as technology is concerned, but Russia’s implementation of it might. According to a report from Motherboard, it seems that over in Russia, the government is apparently considering stepping up their military defense by equipping civilian cellphone towers with missile jammers.

According to a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman who spoke to the Izvestiya newspaper, “At the present time, the tests of the item have been completed and the system has been accepted into the inventory.” Dubbed Pole-21, these missile jammers can be mounted onto cellphone towers and given the spread of cellphone towers, the end result could be a dome-like defense system that can cover entire regions and protect it from satellite navigation signals.

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Oct 18, 2016

Robotic ALIAS puts Cessna Caravan through basic maneuvers

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

The ALIAS system, developed by DARPA, could cut down on crew requirements in military and civilian small aircraft by taking control with a robotic arm. Although it’s still a ways off production, the system has been successfully demonstrated on a Cessna Caravan aircraft.

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Oct 18, 2016

An Electromagnetic Arms Race Has Begun: China Is Making Railguns Too

Posted by in categories: innovation, military

CASIC, a major Chinese defense contractor, has made major breakthroughs for China to build and deploy military railguns.

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Oct 17, 2016

Archetype: Love this one

Posted by in categories: entertainment, military, robotics/AI

I hope the fickle gods of entertainment see fit to make this a regular show or movie…


Hollywood futuristic sci-fi | sci-fi short film.

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Oct 16, 2016

EmDrive Inventor Gets New Patent For Impossible Engine, US And UK Governments Interested

Posted by in categories: military, space travel

The inventor of the impossible EmDrive, Roger Shawyer, received a new patent for the next generation of his controversial engine and the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defense are both interested in obtaining the technology.

If the EmDrive works, which is under some debate, it would allow a military satellite to get close to its target without being detected, it would also revolutionize space travel, Shawyer told the International Business Times.

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Oct 16, 2016

No satellites needed for next-gen navigation system that uses “signals of opportunity”

Posted by in categories: encryption, internet, military, mobile phones, robotics/AI, satellites

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a great navigation aid – unless you lose the signal while negotiating a complicated spaghetti junction. That’s bad enough for conventional cars, but for autonomous vehicles it could be catastrophic, so the University of California, Riverside’s Autonomous Systems Perception, Intelligence, and Navigation (ASPIN) Laboratory under Zak Kassas is developing an alternative navigation system that uses secondary radio signals, such as from cell phone systems and Wi-Fi to either complement existing GPS-based systems or as a standalone alternative that is claimed to be highly reliable, consistent, and tamper-proof.

Today, there are two global satellite navigation systems in operation, the US GPS and the Russian GLONASS, with the European Galileo system set to become fully operational in the next few years, and plans for the Chinese Beidou system to extend globally by 2020. These have revolutionized navigation, surveying, and a dozen other fields, but GPS and related systems still leave much to be desired. By their nature, GPS signals are weak and positions need to be confirmed by several satellites, so built up areas or mountainous areas can make the system useless. In addition, GPS signals can be deliberately or accidentally jammed or spoofed due to insufficient encryption and other protections.

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Oct 16, 2016

US Air Force’s X-37B space plane has been in orbit for 500 days, but why?

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI, space travel

Fuel/ energy efficient method for travel is my guess.


The US Air Force’s unmanned X-37B space plane has now spent more than 500 days orbiting the Earth, without statement or explanation. The 29-foot unmanned plane is part of the Air Force’s orbital program.

Launched May 20, 2015, it is the program’s fourth flight (hence its other name, OTV-4 for Orbital Test Vehicle-4). The first OTV took flight in 2010 and spent 224 days in orbit; two others brought the total number of OTV days in orbit before 2015 to 1,367, according to the Air Force.

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Oct 15, 2016

Chinese scientists achieve high-power quantum computing

Posted by in categories: computing, military, particle physics, quantum physics

China’s latest work on QC.


If early mechanical computers were never introduced to expand people’s computing ability, the invention of the atomic bomb would have gone out the window, and human history would have been rewritten.

This highlights the significance of computer simulation in scientists’ exploration of the physical world, which also explains their strong motivation in continuously pursuing higher computing power.

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Oct 13, 2016

Pentagon Video Warns of “Unavoidable” Dystopian Future for World’s Biggest Cities

Posted by in categories: media & arts, military, terrorism

Unfortunately I think the Pentagon is right. We are quickly heading into a dystopian future.


“Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a video created by the Army and used at the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University.

The video is nothing if not an instant dystopian classic: melancholy music, an ominous voiceover, and cascading images of sprawling slums and urban conflict. “Megacities are complex systems where people and structures are compressed together in ways that defy both our understanding of city planning and military doctrine,” says a disembodied voice. “These are the future breeding grounds, incubators, and launching pads for adversaries and hybrid threats.”

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Oct 13, 2016

DARPA investigating blockchain for nuclear weapons, satellite security

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cybercrime/malcode, military

If the Defense Department is looking to implement blockchain, other organizations may quickly follow suit. Blockchain technology helps guarantee that information has a timestamp and recorded whenever any change happens, ensuring data can be trusted in real time. In DARPA’s case, blockchain technology could help track attempted data breaches.

“Whenever weapons are employed … it tends to be a place where data integrity in general is incredibly important,” Booher said. “So nuclear command and control, satellite command and control, command and control in general, [information integrity] is very important.”

In September, DARPA awarded a $1.8 million contract to computer security firm Galois, asking it to verify a specific type of blockchain technology from a company called Guardtime. If the verification goes well, the military could become one of a growing number of industries and institutions using blockchain to help ensure the security of their operations.

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