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VTOL X-plane program takes off

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DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program seeks to enable radical improvements in vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) flight through innovative cross-pollination between the fixed-wing and rotary-wing worlds.

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NASA kicks off field campaign to probe ocean ecology, carbon cycle

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NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain.

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DARPA seeks robot enthusiasts to face off

Posted April 13, 2012 by

As iconic symbols of the future, robots rank high with flying cars and starships, but basic robots are already in use in emergency response, industry, defense, healthcare and education. DARPA plans to offer a $2 million prize to whomever can help push the state-of-the-art in robotics beyond today’s…

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Navy recruit players for online wargame to tackle energy challenges

Posted May 18, 2012 by

The Navy’s Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, together with the Office of Naval Research, is inviting civic and military collaboration in energyMMOWGLI (Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet) May 22-24. The game will build on efforts to improve the U.S. Navy’s combat capability and energy security, particularly by promoting energy efficiency and diversifying its…

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Counter-IED teams locate roadside bombs using ‘metal detectors on steroids’

Posted July 9, 2012 by by Sgt. Christopher McCullough

The joint Afghan National Army-U.S. forces counter improvised explosive device team of seven soldiers walked down the dusty rural road in...

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Two NAWCWD chemists earn Navy’s top scientist award

Posted August 23, 2012 by

Two chemists at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., recently accepted a 2011 Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award for their technical advancements in the field of renewable energy....

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Innovators wanted: Could you design the FANG vehicle?

Posted October 24, 2012 by

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling on innovators with expertise in designing and engineering drivetrain and mobility systems to collaboratively design elements of a new amphibious infantry vehicle, the Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle. Registration is now open for the FANG Mobility/Drivetrain Challenge, the first of three planned FANG Challenges, which is set…

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Army invests in ideas for stronger future

Posted December 21, 2012 by Kristen Dalton

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment a scientist gets a spark of inspiration when a new idea strikes like lightning. It’s even harder to harness innovation and mold it in tangible ways that benefit the greater good. That’s why the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, or ECBC, here, is giving its workforce the…

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AFOSR shares results from Annual Spring Review

Posted March 15, 2013 by

The Program Officers of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research completed their 56th annual Spring Review, which ran from 4 March through 8 March in Arlington, Va This annual assessment of AFOSR’s research portfolio highlighted not only the overall research portfolio, but emphasized the numerous basic research transitions of benefit to the United States…

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AFRL challenges students with real-world war fighter need

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The Air Force Research Laboratory has found a winning strategy for solving real world problems facing the war fighter. Each year AFRL poses a clearly defined problem to several universities and service academies, challenging them to compete for a “best solution” based upon certain criteria including system weight, ruggedness, time to employ, effectiveness, cost and…

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