war
Dambusters Reform to Pilot US Stealth Fighters

617 Squadron, known and immortalised as the Dambusters way back in the black and white days, is back. And it has some pretty impressive toys in the form of a batch of F-35B Lightning stealth jets. Those EU dams are going to bloody get it. Read More >>

science
Human Bone Fragment Reveals Radiation Exposure From Hiroshima Bombing

A technique originally intended for dating archaeological artefacts has been used to estimate the amount of radiation produced by the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. It marks the first time a bone fragment from a victim of the explosion has been used successfully for such an analysis. Read More >>

artificial intelligence
AI Could Dramatically Increase Risk of Nuclear War by 2040, Says New Report

The common conception of a technologically enabled apocalypse foresees a powerful artificial intelligence that, either deliberately or by accident, destroys human civilisation. But as a new report from the RAND Corporation points out, the reality may be far subtler: As AI slowly erodes the foundations that made the Cold War possible, we may find ourselves hurtling towards all-out nuclear war. Read More >>

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 >>

war
MPs Think North Korea Could Nuke Us by 2020

Worrisome thinking by a cross-party group of MPs working as a Defence Committee has warned that we could be in range of a nuclear strike by North Korea within 18 months, although they think we'll probably be OK as the regime doesn't deem us much of a threat. Which is yet another pretty decent metaphor for the current state of the nation. Read More >>

art
Enthusiasts Want to Build a Full Size Lancaster Bomber to Deliver a Poppy Payload

A group of people with an interest in military hardware and remembering things would like to build a statue for other people to notice from their cars, with the Bomber Gateway Trust seeking permission from the council to build what they hope might be a new national symbol similar to the slightly more artistic Angel of The North. Read More >>

history
The Complex Legacy of World War I’s Women Scientists

During World War I, far away from the lines of battle, the UK was faced with a different crisis. As thousands of khaki-clad “Tommies” shipped off to the front, the British economy teetered on the cusp of grinding to a halt. With the men gone, the task of keeping the country’s lights on fell to women. British women flooded into munitions factories, hospitals, universities, and laboratories. Read More >>

design
Outraged People are Outraged That German Bricks are Being Used for a War Memorial

Pallets of bricks arriving in the country from international building supplies merchant Wienerberger are triggering outrage in people who already have a lot of outrage on their plates, with these bricks destined for RAF Biggin Hill -- where they are to be used to construct additional works at St George’s Chapel, a memorial to the Biggin Hill pilots and staff who died in WWII. 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 >>

history
Sunken US Warship Found 76 Years After Infamous WWII Tragedy

A team of civilian explorers led by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen has located the wreck of the USS Juneau, an American light-cruiser that went down during the Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942. Nearly 700 sailors were killed in the incident—including five brothers, in what turned out to be the largest loss incurred by a single American family during the Second World War. Read More >>

science
Termite Armies Send Their Oldest Soldiers to Die First

You might not be cool sending your elderly grandparents to the front lines of war. But termites think differently—if gran and granddad are already old and close to death, termites figure they might as well be the first casualties. Read More >>

war
US Air Force Chief Warns of Space War ‘in a Matter of Years’

Speaking to an audience of active-duty airmen, US Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein predicted it’ll only be a “matter of years” before American forces find themselves “fighting from space.” To prepare for this grim possibility, he said the Air Force needs new tools and a new approach to training leaders. Oh, and lots of money. Read More >>

fakes
Russian State TV Airs Video Game Clip as Real War Footage

Russian state TV aired a short video clip last night that was supposed to be from the brutal war in Syria. But it was actually from a video game called ARMA 3. And for some reason this seems to be happening again and again and again. 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 >>

politics
Doomsday Clock Moves 30 Seconds Closer to Midnight Because The World Is Getting More Dangerous

It’s two minutes to midnight. And that’s really bad news if you’re a fan of planet Earth. Read More >>