Etymotic Research ETY Plugs Earplugs win design award at CES 2011

by Mark R

I realize that CES is a time to talk about technological advancements, and I never thought I would bring up the subject of earplugs when it comes to the biggest consumer electronics convention of the year. Hey, CES doesn’t officially start until Wednesday, and these earplugs are worthy of being on display at CES unveiled. These ETY Plugs have won a design award at CES this year, and they are …

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Top Secret Soviet Laser Tank on display at Russian Museum

by Mark R

See this old tank? I realize that it looks like something out of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but this is, or was, a top secret Soviet laser tank. I say was because it was recently declassified and shipped to a military museum near Moscow. The 1K17 was accepted for service in 1992, but it was never mass-produced. In case you are wondering, this isn’t a laser tank in …

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Navy uses railgun to launch jet fighter

by Mark R

We talked about a Navy Railgun that can shoot projectiles at Mach 7, and the Navy has another use for a railgun: launching a fighter plane. Navy’s Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is finding a way to improve shooting a jet fighter from a carrier that could replace the steam catapult which has been used for the past 50 years. The EMALS was used on a test-bed at Lakehurst, New …

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Navy Railgun can shoot at a projectile at Mach 7

by Mark R

Some of you might remember when we covered that portable coilgun that uses electromagnets to fire a projectile. This one railgun by the Navy can also fire projectiles, at an out-of-the-barrel speed of Mach 7 (approximately 5,000 miles per hour). A railgun is powered by electricity, and accelerates a conductive projectile along a pair of metal rails. The current interacts with the magnetic fields generated by the rails and this …

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Radio Controlled Smart Bullets – Go ahead, make my day

by Julie

Remember the old Bugs Bunny cartoons? Where Elmer Fudd would shoot his double barrel shotgun and the buckshot would zip over and around things and then tap you on the shoulder and wave, right before they exploded. Funny right? Not, so much anymore. The U.S. Army has unveiled an experimental weapon that is heading to Afghanistan as we speak. This $25,000 high tech rifle fires explosive grenades or specialty “bullets” …

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DARPA creates flying Humvee with the TX

by Mark R

Every once in a while, you see DARPA flexing its military and scientific muscles, and you’ll see some sort of cool device that looks like it has leaped out of a science-fiction story. Take this particular vehicle that is half Humvee and half helicopter, and the TX (which is what this vehicle is called) has the ability to do 65 miles per hour on land and 150 mph in the …

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XM25 combat weapon deployed to Afghanistan

by Mark R

This is the XM25 weapon system, and it is the first-ever programmable “smart” grenade launcher. It is called “smart” because this shoulder-mounted weapon uses micro-chipped ammunition to fire 25mm air-bursting shells up to 2,300 feet, which is well past the range of most rifles. The XM25 then programs these shells to explode at a precise distance. This allows for neutralizing insurgents behind walls, rocks, trenches, or even inside buildings. According …

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Battelle TAILS is the grappling gun you always wanted

by Mark R

We have reported on the T-PLS Grappling Gun before, and I’m not certain if this Battelle’s Tactical Air Intiated Launch System (TAILS) is the same one, but they sure do look the same. Clearly, the TAILS is meant to capture a dream we all have. That is, the one where we can just shoot a grappling hook and swing or climb to where we get to go. The TAILS has …

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