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Russian President Vladimir Putin responded on live television to a question posed by American fugitive Edward Snowden about whether Russia spies on its citizens using a mass surveillance program. Speaking during a broadcast of the state-owned RT television network, Putin denied that Russia has a clandestine government surveillance system similar to the one Snowden exposed […]

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Troops might be able to replace those heavy night vision goggles strapped to their helmets and replace them with contact lenses. The University of Michigan has developed a prototype contact lens that enhances night vision by placing a thin strip of graphene between layers of glass. The graphene — a form of carbon — reacts […]

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Google doesn’t want the U.S. military’s money. Even though the Internet search giant owns two companies that have contracts with the Pentagon, Google is choosing to forego military funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in at least one robotic competition. Google bought the robotics firm Schaft that had developed a bipedal robot that won […]

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Lockheed Martin Corp., the world’s largest defense contractor, is putting more of its money behind quantum computing, even though the technology might still be decades away from military use. The Bethesda, Md.-based company recently announced a partnership with the University of Maryland to develop a Quantum Engineering Center at the school’s College Park campus near […]

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Big Dog, the four-legged Boston Dynamics’ robot that until now looked more like a headless horse, finally has something resembling a head. The company developing the robo-beast with the Army Research Laboratory funding calls in an arm, though, and in a recent video you can see it grabbing, lifting and hurling 35-lb cinder blocks to […]

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