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Biological Technologies Office of DARPA to merge biology, engineering, and computer science to harness the power of natural systems for national security

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DARPA in 2014 launched a Biological Technologies Office (BTO) dedicated to exploring the intersection of biology and the physical sciences. DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said, “Biology has evolved from being primarily an observational science to a science that is both predictive and quantitative. More to the point, biology today has become …

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Big growth forecasted for Synthetic biology with applications in medical, energy, chemical, environmental, agriculture, and military

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Synthetic biology, the design and construction of biological devices and systems, which had been at nascent stage recently has started entering the commercial market. Marked by extensive research and development activities, the global market for synthetic biology reached a valuation of US$1.7 bn in 2012, states a report by Transparency …

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Iran develops Integrated Air Defense Network, deployed Russian S-300 systems integrated with indigenous Air Defense systems

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Iran’s air defence command conducted what was billed as the first test launch of the indigenously developed Talash air defence system on 28 December 2016. The tests began with the launch of Iranian-made Sayyad-2 medium-range, high-altitude surface-to-air missile. The Sayyad-2 is a canister-launched version of the RIM-66 (SM-1) naval surface-to-air missile …

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Microwave Photonics to enable next generation Military Communications, Radars and Electronic warfare systems for Spectrum Dominance

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Since the first radio transmission, the size of the radio spectrum has doubled every 30 months, following an exponential increase in data transfer rates in wireless communications. The next generation 5G systems would require increase in wireless data transfer rates to above 100Gb/s that may be achieved by using millimeter-wave (30–300GHz) and …

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Israeli arms industry uses West Bank and Gaza strip as their testing laboratory for new weapons development and to sell them in international market as battle proven weapons

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Over the years, Israel has  used diverse weapons to kill more than 400,000 Palestinian civilians and injure or cripple two to three times as many, including tens of thousands of women and children. Israeli arms industry  is often  accused of turning the West Bank and Gaza strip into their laboratory to …

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Global race for Quantum Satellite Communication, World’s first Quantum satellite launched by China will enable it to build global unhackable ground and space network infrastructure

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China  launched the world’s first quantum communications satellite officially known as Quantum Experiments at Space Scale, or QUESS, satellite. The launch took place at 17:40 UTC Monday (16th Aug 2016) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert, with a Long March 2D rocket sending the 620 kilogram (1,367 …

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