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DoD On Biotech: Build Sound Defenses First

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Instead of augmenting super-soldiers, DARPA wants to boost troops’ natural defenses against engineered diseases — and even undo gene-editing altogether.

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Biotech: Can Microscopic Sentries Protect US Troops?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


From repelling bugs to protecting divers in dangerous waters, scientists are pushing the boundaries of biotech.

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SASC NDAA Tasks Top Scientists To Suss Out Electronic Warfare Fixes

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: A little known group of top America scientists known as JASON will, if the Senate Armed Services Committee has its way, perform a major analysis of US and allied Electronic Warfare capabilities and recommend how the US can improve this crucial element of warfare. Why is the SASC doing this: “The committee recognizes that… Keep reading →

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DepSecDef On Boosted Humans & Robot Weapons

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The senior leadership of the US military knows that genetically modified humans — stronger, faster, or better at altitude — and intelligent machines that could kill without remorse and with enormous efficiency, are two of the thorniest policy nettles they must grasp. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work firmly grasped that nettle today, saying the United… Keep reading →

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