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posted in June 2012
Video: Robot Has Roach-Like Reflexes
Blog 
6/28/2012  30 comments
A fast-moving robot can perform acrobat-like flips mimicking the movements of cockroaches and geckos, which could help it become a model for small, highly mobile search-and-rescue robots to assist first responders.
Secure Android OS Developed for Soldiers
News 
6/27/2012  5 comments
With the use of smartphones and tablets becoming more prevalent across the armed forces, the DoD is concerned with securing these devices to keep classified or confidential information out of the hands of adversaries.
Photovoltaic System Supplements Marines' Energy Needs
News 
6/26/2012  15 comments
A new mobile photovoltaic system is designed to help the Marine Corps use less fuel in the field.
Navy Funds Development of Tool to Model Biofuel Performance
News 
6/25/2012  16 comments
The Office of Naval Research has given researchers at the University of Wisconsin $2 million to create a tool that can model the performance of various biofuels as part of the military’s ongoing interest in using alternative energy sources to reduce dependency on traditional fossil fuels.
DARPA to Develop 'Cognitive Fingerprint'
News 
6/22/2012  8 comments
The Department of Defenseis working on a system that identifies people in ways other than physical traits like fingerprints.
Body Armor Is Inspired by Shrimp
Engineering Materials 
6/21/2012  17 comments
The mantis shrimp's club-like arms have a unique structure that makes them strong, tough, and lightweight. The structure could be adapted to make better body armor for soldiers, as well as stronger, more rugged military vehicle frames.
Army Boosts Battery Power but Not Weight
News 
6/20/2012  7 comments
Army scientists have developed a new material that could enable lithium-ion batteries to perform at an unprecedented five volts as part of research to create improved power sources for the military.
DARPA Taps Nanotech to Treat Brain Injuries
News 
6/18/2012  4 comments
The Department of Defense is exploring the use of nanotechnology to treat afflictions ranging from infectious diseases to traumatic brain injury more quickly.
Army Designs Tactical Microgrids for the Battlefield
News 
6/13/2012  3 comments
The military continues its exploration of more efficient and cost-effective energy sources for the battlefield through the design of intelligent tactical microgrids to augment traditional energy-grid power.
Solar Cells Power Underwater Sensors
News 
6/12/2012  9 comments
The US Navy is exploring the use of solar cells to power sensors underwater as part of research across the military to develop alternative, environmentally friendly, and efficient sources of energy.
Hardware & Software Suppliers Simplify Multicore Programming
Electronic News & Comment 
6/12/2012  7 comments
Hardware and software companies are responding to the growth of multicore processing with a new generation of programming tools.
Video: Boeing's Phantom Unmanned Aircraft Takes Flight
News 
6/11/2012  13 comments
Boeing's Phantom Eye drone achieved an altitude of 4,080 feet and a cruising altitude of 62 knots in its initial 28 minute flight.
Video: Bionic Arm Aids Amputee Soldiers
News 
6/5/2012  11 comments
A prosthetic company is helping the US military develop a lightweight, motor-driven artificial arm.
Army Develops Lightweight, Fuel-Efficient Electricity Generator
News 
6/4/2012  11 comments
A new power generator that's lighter than those being used by the military can make a big difference in fuel consumption.




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