DARPA

Science

Scientists Fear DARPA's 'Insect Allies' Will Attack Global Food Supply with Viruses

The US has been investing in genetic technology to help save its crops, but scientists fear that same technology could be unleashed on our enemies.
Caroline Haskins
10.5.18
Unruh Effect

DARPA Is Researching Quantized Inertia, a Theory Many Think Is Pseudoscience

DARPA gave researchers $1.3 million to build a prototype engine that is fueled by light.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.2.18
deepfakes

DHS Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny It Has Records on Deepfakes

As DARPA researchers work on identifying manipulated videos, and lawmakers call for an intelligence community report, the DHS is staying tight-lipped on deepfakes.
Joseph Cox
9.18.18
useful inventions

The Military Reinvented the Wheel, They're Triangles Now

A new wheel that Carnegie Mellon scientists developed for DARPA adapts to its environment.
Matthew Gault
6.25.18
Total Information Awareness

15 Years Ago, the Military Tried to Record Whole Human Lives. It Ended Badly

Before Facebook, the military tried to make an all knowing 'cyberdiary' called LifeLog.
David Axe
5.21.18
cybersecurity

A New Type of Computer Could Render Many Software Hacks Obsolete

DARPA is pumping millions of dollars into a computer circuit “Rubik’s cube.”
Daniel Oberhaus
12.20.17
DARPA

Should Robots Have Legs? An Investigation

Arguably, for most applications we might imagine, wheels are the way to go.
Michael Byrne
12.13.17
FOIA

'Nature' Editorial Juxtaposes FOIA Email Release With Illegal Hacking

One of science's most important publications assumes science journalists don't know how to do their jobs.
Jason Koebler & Sarah Emerson
12.8.17
Offset

The Pentagon Wants Drone 'Swarms' to Support Infantry

DARPA asked robot-developers for a way to let small infantry units deploy swarms of 250 or more robots in urban areas.
David Axe
10.23.17
Trust Your Gut

Can We Turn Our Intuition Into a Real-Life Superpower?

US military scientists are trying to identify where "gut feelings" come from in an effort to create the perfect soldiers.
Adam Piore
3.20.17
explanations

This DARPA Video Targeting AI Hype Is Necessary Viewing

"That's not a panda."
Michael Byrne
2.18.17
Drone Run

DARPA and the Navy Are Working on a Giant Drone Catcher

Catch and release.
Samantha Cole
2.7.17