robots
Winner of DARPA Robot Competition Partners with Weapons Company, AI Researchers Call For Boycott

Top researchers in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) have called for a boycott of the South Korean university KAIST after it opened a lab with the defence firm Hanwha Systems. Even if you’re not familiar with KAIST, you might know some of the school’s robots. The university won the top prize at the last DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015 with its highly advanced DRC-HUBO robot. Read More >>

technology
Military Prototype Uses Lasers to Create Horrible Sounds Out of Thin Air

The US military’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, or JNLWD, is experimenting with a prototype that uses nano lasers to manipulate air and sound, creating noises that, they hope, will eventually mimic human speech. Read More >>

technology
US Navy’s Newest Attack Submarine Is Partially Operated With a 12-Year-Old Xbox Controller

The United States Navy’s newest submarine, the USS Colorado, went into service this weekend. In the Pentagon’s announcement Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer called the vessel “a true marvel of technology and innovation.” But part of the 377-foot-long Virginia-Class submarine is operated with a 12-year-old Xbox 360 controller. Read More >>

security
Russian Hackers Tricked the Keepers of US Drone Secrets Using the Oldest Trick in the Book

A new investigation by the Associated Press has revealed that a whopping 40 per cent of 87 American defence contractors who were recently targeted by Russian hackers clicked on fake links sent to them via email, possibly exposing classified information in the process. Read More >>

animals
MoD Pays Millions for Scaring Chickens to Death

The Ministry of Defence has been inadvertently contributing money to the UK's farming industry, with figures showing it has paid out nearly £2m in compensation to farmers in possession of petrified animals. Read More >>

war
China May be Testing a Ship-Mounted Railgun

As the U.S. commitment to its long-running railgun program appears ready to wane, China’s own program might be winding up, recent reports suggest. Read More >>

space
Is China Really Planning to Destroy Space Junk With Lasers?

There may be at least half a million pieces of man-made junk orbiting this planet. Tiny pieces can travel around 10 kilometres per second, far faster than a bullet. The International Space Station has had to adjust its orbit just to avoid the stuff. People are rightfully concerned about what to do with all this orbital litter. Read More >>

north korea
Kim Jong Un Claims to Have Literal Nuclear Button ‘Always on the Desk of My Office’

North Korea has one-upped President Donald Trump’s infamous diet Coke button—the one he uses to ensure he gets his reported 12 cans a day—by providing Kim Jong Un with a similar button that can launch nukes at anywhere in the US on his desk. Read More >>

military
Search For Lost Argentine Submarine ARA San Juan Hits ‘Critical Phase’ as Air Supply May Run Out

The search for an Argentine Navy submarine lost with some 44 souls on board has reached a “critical phase,” a naval spokesman told Reuters, as the length of the seven-day search indicates the vessel is likely not on the surface and could be reaching the limits of its air supply. Read More >>

military
Guy in Charge of All the US Nukes: Relax, I’m Not Gonna Let Trump Nuke Just Anything

The U.S. military’s stockpile of nuclear weapons is one of the most existentially terrifying arsenals ever assembled, and a conflict involving the detonation of even small percentage of those weapons could potentially destabilise the entire world. With a commander-in-chief who has shown a fairly incredible misunderstanding of how nuclear strategy works as well as a hair-trigger temper, it’s not surprising that some people are slightly concerned about a possible catastrophe. Read More >>

military
The Argentine Navy Is Missing an Attack Submarine With 44 Crew on Board

The ARA San Juan, an Argentine Navy diesel-electric attack submarine built in 1983, has been missing since November 15th with a crew of 44 sailors on board, CNN reported. Read More >>

military
Nuclear Subs Kept Running by Spare Part Cannabilism

The UK's nuclear-powered sub fleet is so hard up for money to spend on repairs it's relying on borrowing parts from across the fleet to stay operational, with the National Audit Office saying it found that 795 "equipment cannibalisation" incidents had taken place last year. Read More >>

science
‘Limited’ Nuclear Strikes Could Still Wreak Climate Havoc

With the Cold War a fading memory, some nuclear powers have adopted strategies allowing for limited nuclear strikes. But a disturbing new study shows that even small batches of nukes can have disastrous environmental consequences on a global scale. Read More >>

space
The US is Close to Approving a New Space Army 

While fighting climate change and providing health care are both just too economically burdensome for America, members of the House believe there’s still enough cash to fund a space army that would fight off... the space enemies? Read More >>

military
The Pentagon’s Silicon Valley Outpost Is Bringing “Robotic Wingmen” to the Battlefield

DIUx is an initiative by the US Department of Defense that has set up in Silicon Valley to incubate special projects and it’s starting to roll out some fully formed concepts. The latest prototype the programme has produced would allow Maverick to fly with a robotic Goose, and it’s totally okay if this wingman dies. Read More >>