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The Internet: Frontline of the next war?updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 19:32:00

DARPA, the agency that really did invent the Internet, is now looking at ways the Web might be used to fight the next war.

Flight failure won't stop 'mad scientists'updated: Fri Aug 26 2011 11:55:00

Last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, attempted the impossible. It launched an unmanned aircraft from a rocket at 20 times the speed of sound with the goal of controlling its flight through the atmosphere for about 20 minutes -- long enough to glide from the California coast to the Kwajalein atoll in the Pacific.

New IBM computer chip mimics the human brainupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 16:44:00

Making computers behave like humans has taken another step forward.

Pentagon probes possible conflict of interest by research groupupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 18:21:00

The military research wing that last week launched a hypersonic aircraft test is being investigated after questions were raised about potential conflicts of interest in awarding lucrative contracts.

CNNMoney: Cooling server farms with tiny flying saucersupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 12:19:00

Every time you watch a Lady Gaga video on YouTube or get driving directions on Google Maps, a server farm somewhere is heating up. The more you do online and the faster it happens, the more energy it takes. Data centers now consume about 2% to 3% of all electricity generated annually in the U.S. That's the same amount it takes to power the state of New York -- and demand keeps climbing.

Hypersonic plane: New York to LA in less than 12 minutesupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 08:27:00

The U.S. military is preparing to launch a test flight of a hypersonic aircraft capable of reaching any target in the world in less than an hour.

Department of Defense tries to court hackersupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 17:24:00

Dear hackers: The U.S. government wants you.

Why we made a car for blind driversupdated: Sun Jul 17 2011 13:20:00

In our modern society, driving is really a necessity. It is a means of getting you to your destination wherever, whenever. Driving is also fun. Some people even consider it an expression of power. Most importantly, driving is really about freedom, about independence.

GPS: DARPA technical innovationsupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 13:31:00

The military's innovation lab, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, creates the best technology in the world.

Fortune: Is Google Motors the new GM?updated: Tue May 24 2011 05:59:00

The mystery shrouding Google's development of the driverless car slipped a bit earlier this month. Google, it was reported, is quietly lobbying the state of Nevada for legislation that would make it the first state where cars could be legally operated on public roads without someone's hand on the steering wheel

An author's take on 'mega-diplomacy'updated: Thu Jan 20 2011 11:26:00

The author of "How to Run the World: Charting a Course" talks to CNN's Errol Barnett about politics and globalization.

Long live wiki-diplomacyupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 11:26:00

Since the WikiLeaks scandal exploded at the end of last year, many commentators have declared this episode marks "the end of diplomacy." Nonsense.

Imaging gear would give soldiers 'Terminator'-like visionupdated: Thu Dec 23 2010 22:02:00

No more will soldiers' vision be limited to the socket-embedded spheres that God intended. The Pentagon now wants troops to see dangers lurking behind them in real time, and be able to tell if an object a kilometer away is a walking stick or an AK-47.

Military bans disks, threatens courts-martial to stop new leaksupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 07:33:00

It's too late to stop WikiLeaks from publishing thousands more classified documents, nabbed from the Pentagon's secret network.

Is this the first step toward a flying car?updated: Sun Nov 14 2010 09:47:00

Along with the jetpack, the flying car tops the list of classic science-fiction imaginings that lead legions of fans to ask -- why don't we have this yet?

Flying car among year's best inventionsupdated: Sun Nov 14 2010 09:47:00

A flying car and a device to help paraplegics walk are named among 2010's top inventions. CNN's Josh Levs reports.

Military wants to scan communications to find internal threatsupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 10:28:00

The Pentagon wants computers to see into the future -- and stop crimes before they happen.

Show features drones, robots; provides new hints about future of warupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 16:14:00

It was a glimpse into the future, when convoys rumble toward the battlefield without a driver behind the wheel, aircraft soar without pilots on board and robots glide forward to fight with machine guns and grenade launchers, all the while beaming back video.

Using stimulus dollars to push energy innovationupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 21:30:00

Government researchers and officials are hoping to use a relatively small amount of stimulus dollars to help find new ways for the nation to produce, consume and store energy.

Chasing energy breakthroughsupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 21:30:00

A new energy department agency is using stimulus dollars to fund innovative technologies. CNN's Jessica Yellin reports.

Balloon-hunt contestupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 09:58:00

HLN's Melissa Long talks to MIT's Riley Crane about a high-tech scavenger hunt.

MIT wins $40,000 prize in nationwide balloon-hunt contestupdated: Mon Dec 07 2009 09:58:00

A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won $40,000 in a high-tech scavenger hunt on Saturday by discovering the location of 10 red weather balloons.

Nationwide balloon-hunt contest tests online networkingupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 08:19:00

On Saturday, thousands of people nationwide will search the skies in a high-tech scavenger hunt designed to test how far-flung groups can use the Internet and technology to work together.

Cheating deathupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 17:24:00

Just when you think you're dead, perhaps you're not. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

Scientists hope work with poison gas can be a lifesaverupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 17:24:00

A wiry, slightly hunched man presses in a few numbers, the electronic lock gives way with a beep and the group presses into the crowded laboratory, plastered with ominous warnings about toxins and biohazards.

Commentary: Don't prop up failing schoolsupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 15:55:00

Historically the federal government has been a small investor in the nation's education system. With the recent economic stimulus bill, however, this changed virtually overnight.

From military device to life-saving surgery toolupdated: Wed Dec 24 2008 04:36:00

A new tool that allows doctors to use laser surgery in complex operations has been hailed as a breakthrough in minimally invasive laser technology. Unleashing the Bugs of Warupdated: Fri Apr 18 2008 12:00:00

U.S. military scientists are developing half-machine, half-insect creatures to collect intelligence behind enemy lines

5 things your car will finally do in 2020updated: Wed Mar 12 2008 09:04:00

We'll spare you the far-future posturing and flying-car jokes, but the truth is -- for the 200 million automobile owners in America, the future looks bright. In fact, we've already made some pretty impressive headway. The 2008 Mercedes S-Class can change lanes on the highway automatically, and both the Toyota Prius and the Lexus LS-460 can self-park at the push of a button.

Fortune: High stakes robot-racingupdated: Tue Dec 04 2007 12:31:00

Hard core robot experts tend to turn up their noses at remote-control bots like Robotex's - even if they're fully armed.

Mind-controlled prosthetic arm plays the pianoupdated: Tue Sep 04 2007 22:33:00

More than 130 veterans of the Iraq war now face the daunting challenge of learning to live with a missing arm. To make that transition easier, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, has launched a $55-million project that pools the efforts of prosthetics experts nationwide to create a thought-controlled bionic arm that duplicates the functions of a natural limb.

Robotics discovers its soft sideupdated: Tue Apr 10 2007 06:09:00

If your idea of a robot is a metal-plated humanoid jerkily walking into walls then think again. Scientist are creating a new generation of "soft" machines that can change their shape and size, move in ever more agile ways and even split themselves into smaller robots.

Jawbone packs beauty and brainsupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 14:18:00

Aliph has finally given their old wired Jawbone headset a much-needed upgrade for the Bluetooth generation. The Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset is quite simply one of the most eye-catching headsets we've ever had the pleasure of using.

CNNMoney: Supercomputers to the rescueupdated: Tue Nov 28 2006 12:16:00

Supercomputers don't come draped in a cape or tights, but they're heroic nonetheless.

Robot cars rev up for the cityupdated: Mon Nov 13 2006 12:56:00

A car that can drive itself is the fantasy of any designated driver, but the dream of owning a vehicle that does all the driving while you sit back and relax is one step closer to reality, as in-car artificial intelligence being developed by a team at Stanford University is ready to be used on city streets in the ultimate test of robot cars.

Fortune: Quantum leapupdated: Tue Aug 01 2006 13:21:00

She awakes early on the morning of April 10, 2030, in the capable hands of her suburban Chicago apartment. All night, microscopic sensors in her bedside tables have monitored her breathing, heart r...

Fortune: Quantum leapupdated: Wed Jul 26 2006 11:55:00

She awakes early on the morning of April 10, 2030, in the capable hands of her suburban Chicago apartment. All night, microscopic sensors in her bedside tables have monitored her breathing, heart rate, and brain activity.

Pentagon developing supersonic shape-shifting assassinupdated: Fri Jun 23 2006 13:24:00

For years, the U.S. military has wanted a plane that could loiter just outside enemy territory for more than a dozen hours and, on command, hurtle toward a target faster than the speed of sound. And then level it.

The Navy's swimming spy planeupdated: Fri Feb 24 2006 09:48:00

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works, famed for the U-2 and Blackbird spy planes that flew higher than anything else in the world in their day, is trying for a different altitude record: an airplane that starts and ends its mission 150 feet underwater.

White Knight carries X-37 aloft updated: Thu Jun 23 2005 14:19:00

The X-37 -- an unpiloted, reusable spaceplane -- made its first captive-carry flight today under the wings of the White Knight, flying above Mojave, California desert.

White Knight prepares for new missionupdated: Tue May 31 2005 09:26:00

The innovative carrier plane used to air launch SpaceShipOne has a new mission. At the Mojave, California inland spaceport, the White Knight mothership has been involved in fit and high-speed taxi checks with a new passenger -- the X-37, an unpiloted, reusable space plane.

Fortune: Enhancing the Warriorsupdated: Mon May 30 2005 00:01:00

Arguably the most aggressive pursuer of human enhancement is DARPA, the Pentagon's advanced research agency. In 2002 and 2003 it granted the author unusual access to many of its program managers an...

Fortune: DOLITTLE'S RAIDERSupdated: Mon May 02 2005 00:01:00

THERE'S A RAT LOOSE HERE at the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and it's coming right at me. Suddenly it veers and goes back the way it came. Then it loops around and darts toward me ag...

Fortune: Listen to the people who got the election rightupdated: Mon Nov 29 2004 00:01:00

THE MAIN REASON PSYCHOTHERAPISTS ARE TREATING Kerry supporters for a new psychiatric disorder--post-election selection trauma, a Florida doctor calls it--is that on the morning of Nov. 2 many of th...

FSB: Call AAAupdated: Fri Oct 01 2004 00:01:00

Even a Gaggle of Geeks Lured by a $1 million prize couldn't figure out how to make a car drive itself 142 miles. The Grand Challenge race, sponsored by the U.S. government's Defense Advanced Resear...

Fortune: Mine's Faster Than Yours Planemakers are trying to hatch an aircraft that no mogul could do without. Get ready for the supersoniupdated: Mon Jun 28 2004 00:01:00

Mansions, supercars, and bespoke suits may be just fine, but in the world of "positional goods" it's hard to beat that most alluring of accessories, the business jet. Except with a faster business ...

Fortune: Send In The Swarm On the frontier of artificial intelligence, mobs of cheap robots collaborate like ants in a colony or bees in updated: Mon Jun 14 2004 00:01:00

"Imagine if you could convince a bunch of robots to act like ants, and further convince them that they really like land mines," observes James McLurkin. "That would be a boon to society."

Robots fail to complete Grand Challengeupdated: Sun Mar 14 2004 02:29:00

Nobody won. Nobody even came close.

15 teams qualify for Mojave robot raceupdated: Fri Mar 12 2004 14:49:00

Of more than 100 entries, only 15 robotic vehicles, ranging from a motorcycle to a mega-military truck, made the final cut.

Robotic legs could lead to super troopers updated: Wed Mar 10 2004 19:06:00

Move over Bionic Man and make room for BLEEX -- the Berkeley Lower Extremities Exoskeleton, with strap-on robotic legs designed to turn an ordinary human into a super strider.

Desert derby to find top battlefield botupdated: Tue Mar 09 2004 17:01:00

A million bucks.

FSB: Gentlemen, Start Your Robots Next month, about 20 teams will race their autonomous cars across the deserts east of Los Angeles. updated: Sun Feb 01 2004 00:01:00

Brian Gregory lives on a quiet, family-friendly street in Newbury Park, a leafy, lazy California suburb. He sports a beard, geeky glasses, and a small paunch. He does not, by any stretch, look like...

Fortune: The Man Who Would Have Us Bet On Terrorism--Not To Mention Discard Democracy And Cryogenically Freeze Our updated: Mon Sep 15 2003 00:01:00

Robin Hanson is a married, 44-year-old father of two who teaches economics at George Mason University, a commuter school with aspirations that's plunked amid the affluent sprawl of northern Virgini...

Business 2.0: The Pentagon's Venture Capitalistsupdated: Tue Apr 01 2003 00:01:00

Shortly after the Russians launched Sputnik in 1957, the United States scrambled to form the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Its mandate: Don't let anyone undermine America's technologic...

Business 2.0: P2P Goes to War Mesh networking could solve the military's last-mile problem. Eventually, it may also help you stay connected updated: Fri Nov 01 2002 00:01:00

Call it plug-and-play warfare. A network of small electronic devices carried aboard airborne drones and mud-caked Humvees could soon allow U.S. soldiers to create ubiquitous wireless networks from ...

FSB: Angelsupdated: Mon Jul 01 2002 00:01:00

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Fortune: See This Goop? It Kills Anthrax And the tiny biotech startup that invented it has been thrust into a national updated: Mon Nov 12 2001 00:01:00

Inside the plain little container I'm looking at may just be our best stopgap against bioterror. Dr. James Baker, chief scientist at the Ann Arbor, Mich., biotech firm NanoBio, holds up the bottle ...

Fortune: Bioterror Is In The Air The U.S. has failed thus far to fully address the most insidious threat.updated: Mon Oct 15 2001 00:01:00

For Tim and Barb Steier, the owners of a crop-dusting business in Blue Earth, Minn., the first aftershock of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks came on the following Saturday. While watchi...


Washington, D.C., is one place that many small business owners naturally shun when prowling for assistance and expansion financing. After all, the nation's capital is the place where those crushing...

Fortune: What's a New Economy Without Research? Paul Allen just shut down his fancy R&D facility. So who's going to updated: Mon May 15 2000 00:01:00

I was really sorry to see that Paul Allen closed his Interval Research lab in Palo Alto. Paul is a nice guy who continues to do interesting things--it is amazing what you can do when you have $20 b...

Fortune: AT LAST! COMPUTERS YOU CAN TALK TO Sick of dealing with keyboards and mice? The decades-old dream of directing computers by spokupdated: Mon May 03 1993 00:01:00

WHEN Jean Kovacs comes into the office each day, she dons a little headset and greets her computer with a brisk ''Good morning!'' In response, her Sun workstation lights up its screen. ''Start mail...

Fortune: DARPA: A BIG POT OF UNRESTRICTED MONEYupdated: Mon Jun 10 1991 00:01:00

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- Darpa, for short -- may have & done more for U.S. competitiveness than any other organization. The Pentagon agency started or funded some of the mos...

Fortune: THE 10,000-MPH AIRLINER Aviation stands on the threshold of a new giant leap: hypersonic flight. Aerospace and other companies aupdated: Mon Dec 08 1986 00:01:00

AROUND THE COUNTRY wind tunnels are rumbling, computers whirring, construction workers expanding test buildings. From NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia and Edwards Air Force Base in Southe...

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