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DARPA is moving ahead with plans to build its XS-1 spaceplane

DARPA is moving ahead with plans to build its XS-1 spaceplane But DARPA is moving forward with an ambitious plan to develop a spaceplane-based launch system called the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1).Unlike that vehicle, the main body of the XS-1 would be designed only for sub-orbital flight.

Why automaker cheating threatens the self-driving car

Why automaker cheating threatens the self-driving car It’s going to hurt them down the road (so to speak) when they’re looking for legislative and agency support to move forward on autonomous driving.As long as self-driving cars are being driven on public roads, it’s not possible to move ahead quickly without some level of government support.

Dawn of the robotic butler: R2D2’s ancestors already walk (or roll) among us

By browsing the latest developments in these arenas, we can catch a glimpse of the kind of robotic butler that will likely be serving us breakfast in the decades to come.In looking at the advances made in machine learning we can, therefore, discern the “brains” of our robotic butler.

Did enlightened US and Soviet scientists help avert nuclear war?

Did enlightened US and Soviet scientists help avert nuclear war? But an upcoming book from Stanford professor Siegfried Hecker says there could be a large grain of truth to the narrative that scientists are an enlightened class.According to Hecker, if not for the work of both Western and Soviet science, the Cold War could have become extremely hot.

Portable bioreactor from MIT produces medications, vaccines on-demand

Portable bioreactor from MIT produces medications, vaccines on-demand The discovery could soon revolutionize our ability to deliver medicine after natural disasters or to remote locations.pastoris, the team demonstrated that they could make their device produce a dose of either interferon or rHGH on command.

How the US military is training machines to protect its digital assets

How the US military is training machines to protect its digital assets Welcome to the Cyber Grand Challenge, a DARPA hosted event at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.Much of the technology behind the self-driving car was the result of a DARPA Grand Challenge, as well as the robotic expertise that will likely assist in future missions to Mars.

Self-destructing batteries could change recycling, medical implants, even war

Self-destructing batteries could change recycling, medical implants, even war The concept of self-destructing technology takes the inherent consumption at the heart of consumer electronics and brings it to the forefront.There’s something many people find almost distasteful about tech that’s designed to destroy itself — even if the timeline for that destruction is longer than the device could realistically last.

How neuromorphic ‘brain chips’ will begin the next era in computing

How neuromorphic ‘brain chips’ will begin the next era in computing Part of the reason a digital computer is more efficient than a human being is its transistors can fire with incredible speed — but so can our neurons.Similarly, we will eventually look back at the attempt to do learning operations with digital chips, including GPUs, as inherently unwise or even silly.

DARPA may borrow blockchain tech from Bitcoin to secure military networks

DARPA may borrow blockchain tech from Bitcoin to secure military networks You’ve probably heard about blockchain technology most often in the context of digital cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but the blockchain can be much more than that.With Bitcoin, the blockchain is the universal record of all the transactions that take place.

This week in space: DARPA, Juno, and no aliens

This week in space: DARPA, Juno, and no aliens A software hiccup seems to have been behind the spacecraft entering safe mode on October 19, because when mission control told it to come back out of safe mode five days later, nothing physical appeared to be wrong.“Juno exited safe mode as expected, is healthy and is responding to all our commands,” said Rick Nybakken, Juno project manager.

DARPA tests network of 1,000 handheld radiation detectors in Washington

DARPA tests network of 1,000 handheld radiation detectors in Washington As the first large-scale test of the SIGMA program, DARPA put together a mock kidnapping adventure game.Participants in the exercise were each given a backpack with a small SIGMA radiation detector.