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Vehicular Terrorism or ramming attacks require new technologies including directed energy weapons

Recently in Toronto a rental van was deliberately driven into a crowd of people, killing 10 and injuring 14. Police arrested and charged 25-year-old Alek Minassian in connection with the attack. Though this attack was later found to be caused by the driver’s psychiatric disorder. Deliberate vehicle-ramming incidents have also sometimes …

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German scientists are using drones equipped with sensors to locate metals needed for wind turbines and solar panels

The sustainable growth of renewable energies depends on the availability of key materials, for example Lithium is the key limiting resource for most batteries – while rare earth metals, in particular “lanthanides” such as neodymium, are required for the magnets in wind turbine generators.  Copper is the conductor of choice …

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Nanomaterials based Biosensors chips can detect Biowarfare agents (BWAs) in real time and enhance soldiers performance

The purpose of a biosensor is the detection of biologically-relevant targets such as proteins, DNA, pathogens, cells, bacteria, pollutants, hormones and enzymes. In most cases, their presence and/or concentration in samples such as blood, urine, saliva, sweat or tears can be an early indicator of disease, so that the sensor …

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‘Parallel Reality’: New screen technology that uses ‘magic pixel’ to display personalised content to multiple people

Synaps Labs displayed a billboard in Moscow changed the ad on its display based on the brand of car passing by. The billboard was created by, which used high-speed cameras placed 180 meters in front of the billboard to take pictures of cars. Machine-learning software determined each car’s make and …

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US Regains TOP500 Crown with Summit Supercomputer, China gradually increasing its lead over other countries in Supercomputer race

A supercomputer is a computer with a high level of computing performance compared to a general-purpose computer. Performance of a supercomputer is measured in floating-point operations per second (FLOPS) instead of million instructions per second (MIPS). There are supercomputers which can perform up to nearly a hundred quadrillions of FLOPS, …

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Quantum radio may enable receivers with weakest radio signals and mapping in locations where GPS and ordinary cellphones and radios don’t work

Quantum sensing has become a distinct and rapidly growing branch of research within the area of quantum science and technology, with the most common platforms being spin qubits, trapped ions and flux qubits. Quantum sensors are measuring device that takes advantage of quantum correlations, such as states in a quantum …

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Optical memory technologies promise speed of light computing, energy efficient data centers, 360 TB capacity and million year lifespan

The explosion of connected devices and digital services is generating massive amounts of new  data. Digital world is growing exponentially from 4.4 zettabytes (10 21 or 1 sextillion bytes) of digital data created in 2013 to an expected 44 zettabytes by 2024. To make this data useful, it must be stored and analyzed …

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Smartphones increasingly vulnerable from hacking and spying through malware attacks, holes in hardware, Geolocation devices and cameras

  Today, mobile devices are coming under increasing attack.  The number of mobile malware is rapidly on the rise with malicious activities, such as stealing users data, sending premium messages and making phone call to premium numbers that users have no knowledge. Ransomware, banking malware, and other threats aimed at …

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DARPA’s COMPASS developing artificial intelligence based decision making software to help commanders in Hybrid Warfare

Hybrid Warfare (HW) is a military strategy that blends conventional warfare, irregular warfare, cyber warfare and subversion, and blurs the formal distinction between war and peace. It is often characterised by the use of fictitious propaganda, deniable forces, espionage, the mobilisation of ethnic, linguistic or confessional minorities, and terrorism.   …

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US Navy’s NTCDL Network for sharing real-time Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data from surface, air, sub-surface, and man-portable systems

US Navy’s Network Tactical Common Data Link (NTCDL) Program  provides the ability to transmit/receive real-time Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data simultaneously from multiple sources (surface, air, sub-surface, man-portable), and exchange command and control information (voice, data, imagery, and Full Motion Video (FMV)) across dissimilar Joint, Service, Coalition, and civil …

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