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The president of Turkey is not a Game of Thrones fan. Maybe he thought the Red Wedding went too far, maybe he’s pissed that Joffrey’s dead, or maybe his parents canceled their HBO subscription and now he doesn’t want anyone else to have it. Regardless of his reasoning, as of Sunday, the Turkish military is no […]

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CyPhy’s new Pocket Flyer hexacopter-drone fits in a pocket, weighs less than three ounces (about as much as a Kiwi fruit) is un-jammable, remote hack-proof, yet can fly for two hours AND deliver HD video. What’s its secret? A 250-foot string of micro-filament, thinner than fishing line, that keeps it powered much longer than its […]

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Several months ago, the New York Times released government data tracing excess military equipment given to police departments throughout the country. The events in Ferguson over the last few weeks have brought national attention to the issue of police militarization, and this data has gained sudden relevance. I Quant NY analyzed the data to see just how military […]

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Yearly global military spending has surpassed $1.75 trillion, with defense budgets eagerly bolstered by dick-waving patriotism. In this crowded market, how does a weapons dealer advertise its product to potential customers, Congressmen looking for kickbacks, generals who need iron Viagra, and El Presidente? A sleek promotional video presentation on YouTube should do it. This is […]

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A Holiday Inn at Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is hiding a military radar receptor in a massive beach ball statue on the roof, the AP reports. The property on which the hotel sits is actually owned by the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force struck a deal to build the hotel on the site, which would allow […]

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It was only a matter of time before Oculus Rift would be deployed to some terrifying militaristic end, and Norway may have been the first to do so. The video above shows Norwegian soldiers driving a tank with the virtual reality mask, which takes input from four cameras outside the vehicle to give the driver […]

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Remember the hubbub about Ukraine’s military dolphins? Turns out the U.S. Navy has them, too. Our mammalian friends won’t be heading into fin-to-fin combat anytime soon, though. As the Guardian explains, they’re mostly used to find underwater mines: Yes, the navy trains and keeps dolphins, whose powerful innate echolocation abilities help sailors spot suspicious undersea objects that […]

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The evil geniuses at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are building the ultimate stealth assault vehicle: a hybrid gas-electric dirt bike that operates in near-silence. The Department of Defense agency awarded a contract to the company Logos Technologies to explore the possibility. Wired explains the endeavor: Although still in the research phase, Logos plans to […]

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The latest work in street artist JR‘s “Inside Out” series aims to remind military drone pilots that their victims are not faceless, anonymous specks, but people with lives and families. Often, they are children. This particular child, whose name was not released, lost two siblings and both of her parents in a Predator drone strike. A […]

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Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced six sites across the country for the testing and research of unmanned aerial vehicles, with the hopes of developing a plan for the ways they’ll be integrated into national airspace in 2015. An academic and industry group called NUAIR was awarded one of those slots, and will conduct drone research […]

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