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US Navy Successfully Tests New Anti-Ballistic Missile Over Pacific
2012-05-11 09:37:22

The latest upgrade to America´s primary defense against a missile attack from belligerent enemies, assuming one ever launched a ballistic missile against the US, has successfully destroyed a test missile off the coast of Hawaii this week, writes Robert Beckhusen for Wired News. The Raytheon-built Standard Missile-3 interceptor is key to the next phase of an anti-missile shield being built by the United States in and around Europe, Pentagon´s Missile Defense Agency (MDA)...

DARPA Orders Prototype AR Contact Lenses
2012-04-15 05:12:00

Pentagon officials have reportedly ordered a special type of contact lenses that provide a wide field of vision while also allowing individuals to focus both on a specific image and on their environment at the same time, CNET and BBC News are reporting. The contacts ordered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are prototypes of Innovega's iOptik lenses, and CNET Senior Writer Martin LaMonica said that they allow users to focus on images at both very close and far-off...

2012-03-21 15:02:15

The Defense Department, faced with cuts of what Secretary Leon Panetta said could be $487 billion over the next ten years, can find tens of billions of dollars in cost reductions by better aligning the Pentagon supply chain rather than imposing precipitous reductions to the uniformed forces, according to a former Army colonel who is speaking at a conference hosted by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®), the premier organization for advanced...

Notorious Hacker TinKode Arrested In Romania
2012-02-02 05:44:43

Romanian police have arrested the hacker who gained notoriety for hacking into Pentagon and NASA computer systems. Razvan Manole Cernaianu, a 20-year-old who goes by the Internet name TinKode, allegedly revealed security holes and published information about SQL injection vulnerabilities he discovered. The Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) said the hacker also offered a computer program to hack into websites on his blog, and published a video...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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