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TOXIC ROCKETS DISCOVERED NEAR BAGHDAD

National Public Radio is reporting that Marines near Baghdad have discovered rockets equipped with sarin and mustard gas. They found significant quantities of the toxins…


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THE POETRY OF AL JAZEERA

A DARPA-backed project is now giving real-time translations of Al Jazeera and other Arabic-language TV channels. But like just about every voice-recognition program, this one…


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MARINES SICK OF CHEMBIO SUITS

Marines fighting around Baghdad are “starting to doubt the seriousness of the chem-bio (weapon) threat,” and are sick of wearing the suits designed to protect…


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LEAFY, GREEN BIOSENSORS

First they brought in the chickens. Then came the pigeons. Now, Army-backed researchers are trying to turn plants into biological and chemical toxin sensors, Wired…


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CHEMICAL DEFENSES COULD AWAIT U.S. TROOPS

Saddam may try to use his unconventional weapons in uncoventional ways. Armies have traditionally unleashed chemical attacks on an enemy, firing toxic bombs or artillery…


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HOCKEY PUCKS OF DEATH

A new kind of bomb made its combat debut in Wednesday’s attack on Republican Guard forces, according to the Air Force. A B-52 Stratofortress dropped…


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“LASER RIFLE” DESIGN A HOAX

It’s the kind of proposal that makes sci-fi dorks (including this one) quiver with anticipation: a 1999 design, found by DefenseReview, for a real-life laser…


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PRECISION BOMBS: HOW PRECISE?

So how precise are those precision bombs? Maybe as much as 90 percent on target, according to an Associated Press article. That means the U.S….


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AIR FORCE PROGRAM MAY LET PILOTS SEE IN SANDSTORMS

Nature accomplished earlier this week what Iraq’s Republican Guard could not: Blinding sandstorms paralyzed the American air campaign, grounding helicopters and cutting bombing runs by…


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PATRIOTS AIM AT FRIENDLY FORCES — AGAIN

This news is a bit old, but important just the same: Patriot missiles have once again locked their sights on to coalition aircraft, the Washington…