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The World's First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected
How the world's first real computer, the ENIAC, was restored by an unlikely group of conservationists—all thanks to Ross Perot. The post The World's First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected appeared first on WIRED. [...]
Tue, Nov 25, 2014
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This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee
The DoD is looking for a new Humvee, and Oshkosh has got a potential replacement. The post This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee appeared first on WIRED. [...]
Mon, Oct 27, 2014
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The Navy's Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships
Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they're resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they're tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed [...]
Mon, Oct 06, 2014
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WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell
Airships were decent for surveillance, no good for bombing, and great for scaring the hell out of people. The post WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell appeared first on WIRED. [...]
Fri, Oct 03, 2014
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Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland
This epic video isn't a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It's proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano---close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. The post Incredible Close-Up Drone Video [...]
Wed, Oct 01, 2014
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How WWI's U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare
World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we're looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. For British merchant vessels operating during World War I, [...]
Mon, Sep 22, 2014
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A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere
We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of Defense. In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes [...]
Tue, Sep 16, 2014
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How the Red Baron's Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane
Though the Allies won the war and the glory, the Germans gave us one of the most famous airplanes of the Great War. The Fokker Dr.1 triplane, flown by one of history's great fighter pilots, is among the most recognizable aircraft of the early twentieth century and it played a [...]
Mon, Sep 08, 2014
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Army's New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog
Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some [...]
Fri, Sep 05, 2014
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How to Turn Chemical Weapons Like Mustard Gas Into Ordinary Trash
BRYAN CHRISTIE DESIGN In September 2013, Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons—good thing the US Department of Defense had recently fast-tracked the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System. It's a facility that can digest and neutralize lethal material, and it breaks down into shipping containers for transport anywhere (sidestepping pesky local [...]
Wed, Sep 03, 2014
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The WWI Battleships That Saved (And Doomed) the British Empire
World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we're looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. Aviation and the automobile were in their infancy when [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
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All the Stuff Soldiers Have Carried in Battle, From the 11th Century to Today
A photo series documenting the complete inventory kits of British soldiers over the course of about 1,000 years. The post All the Stuff Soldiers Have Carried in Battle, From the 11th Century to Today appeared first on WIRED. [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014
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The Humble WWI Biplane That Helped Launch Commercial Flight
World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the fours years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we're looking back at the most remarkable planes, cars, tanks, zeppelins it helped bring about. Aviation was in its infancy at the start of World War [...]
Thu, Aug 14, 2014
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The Simple Tweaks Mercedes Used to Turn a Sedan Into an Armored Beast
Some people don't like riding in a car if they can't literally put their feet up while ensuring the cabin has exactly the fragrance they desire. Others prefer cars that can stand up to terrorist attacks. For those who fall into both categories, Mercedes-Benz offers the new S600 Guard, the [...]
Wed, Aug 06, 2014
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This Puny French Vehicle Was the First Great Tank
The Renault FT looks puny in comparison to the armored vehicles driving around today's battlefields, but 100 years ago, it was a big deal. The post This Puny French Vehicle Was the First Great Tank appeared first on WIRED. [...]
Tue, Aug 05, 2014
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Climb Into the Mini-Sub Navy SEALs Use to Bring Death From Below
Here's the scenario: After suiting up with diving knives and silenced assault rifles, a team of three Navy SEALs on a submarine prepare to head to shore for a sneak attack. They put on their scuba gear and climb into a vessel that shaped like a torpedo and not much [...]
Fri, Aug 01, 2014
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The Marines' Self-Flying Chopper Survives a Three-Year Tour
Back in 2010, the Navy decided it could use a self-flying helicopter, to take over dangerous missions delivering cargo to Marine Corps stations in Afghanistan. The work is usually done by human-driven ground vehicles that are susceptible to improvised explosive devices and insurgent attacks. Lockheed Martin landed the $45.8 million [...]
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
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When the First World War began in June 1914, the automobile was in the middle of its awkward teen years. The vehicles had popped up in the hands of the wealthy and early adopters, and Henry Ford had just started mass production of the Model T. But getting around on [...]
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
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Trauma bays and operating rooms are designed to run as smoothly as possible, but inefficiencies still plague the system. [...]
Fri, Jul 25, 2014
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The popularity of drones is climbing quickly among companies, governments and citizens alike. But the rules surrounding where, when and why you can fly an unmanned aerial vehicle aren't very clear. The FAA has tried to assert control and insist on licensing for all drone operators, while drone pilots and [...]
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
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