While everyone else is looking for batteries that last longer, DARPA hopes to roll out battery technology that can self destruct on command. Earlier this month, the agency awarded a $4.7 million contract to SRI International to develop a transient power supply that can be triggered to vanish.
In warfare, defense has usually taken a backseat to offense when it comes to technology; the answer to new weaponry has traditionally been thicker armor. There are missile defense systems, of course, but those systems notoriously take a long time to develop, can be wildly inaccurate, and even when they work they are extremely expensive. Continue reading
As soon as the government in Syria agreed to give up its arsenal of chemical weapons, a logistical challenge was immediately presented: How do you safely consolidate and then destroy volatile compounds, particularly in a region still actively engaged in a civil war?