DARPA discounts ad-hoc network

Researchers at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) believes a military mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) that lets 1,000-5,000 nodes connect simultaneously and securely is pretty much impossible.

US maps the human brain

The US government has launched a long-running research project aimed at mapping the human brain.

DARPA targets three-dimensional chip-cooling tech

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have clinched a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract to develop three-dimensional chip-cooling technology capable of handling heat loads as much as ten times greater than systems commonly used today.

CHIMP designed to monkey around in the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Last April, DARPA issued a challenge to researchers and educational institutions to create a robot that could be used to save lives in the event of a disaster.

New optical link shatters power efficiency record

IBM's developed a new optical communications link that, it says, allows massive amounts of data to be transmitted with record-breaking low power consumption.

DARPA drones to launch and land on small surface ships

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently working on an initiative that would allow large drones to take off and land from the surface of small warships - rather than gigantic aircraft carriers.

Darpa looks to self-destruct devices

We're all used to seeing self-destructing messages in the movies; in real life, not so much. And Darpa, understandably, would prefer to avoid Hollywood's alternative method of disposing of redundant communications devices or sensors by eating them.

DARPA calls for proposals to scavenge satellites for spare parts

DARPA has released a video detailing some of the progress it's made with its Phoenix project for repurposing existing satellites.

DARPA to hide drones at the bottom of the ocean

DARPA is planning to build drones that would hibernate in deep-sea capsules for years before waking up when commanded and releasing their payloads into the sky.

Vidoe: DARPA drone ship tracks submarines

DARPA - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - is known for designing a variety of high-tech and futuristic platforms for the US military.

Video: Pentagon's robotic pack mule follows orders

For years, DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has heavily invested in the development of robots for various military missions.   

Video: Military rescue robot navigates the hazards

The Pentagon has spent untold billions of dollars on research and development related to the advancement of robotics over the past few decades.

Robot 'pack mule' follows soldiers' orders

DARPA’s been showing off two robotic 'pack mule' prototypes developed as part of its Legged Squad Support System (LS3) program.

Cheetah robot runs faster than Usain Bolt [video]

Even the world's fastest man can't outrun DARPA's latest robot, which has now been clocked at 28.3 miles per hour.

Pentagon wants extreme hypersonic flight

Extreme hypersonic flight at Mach 20 - or 20 times the speed of sound - would enable the Pentagon to deploy troops anywhere in the world in under an hour.

DARPA wants robots with more stamina

The trouble with robots, says DARPA, is that no matter how good they are, they have an annoying tendency to run out of juice. It's no good carrying heavy equipment halfway to where it's needed; even worse is a robot that gets halfway though disarming a roadside bomb.

Video: Robbie, the DARPA ARM robot

Robbie the robot was created by a company known as RE2. The 'bot was originally equipped with only one arm, but under DARPA's auspices, Robbie has evolved exponentially.

Loss of hypersonic glider explained

The loss of the Falcon HTV-2 hypersonic aircraft last summer was caused by the vehicle's skin peeling away, DARPA has revealed.

Pentagon tests "smart" contact lenses

The US Department of Defense (DoD) is currently testing a pair of iOptik contact lenses to determine if the advanced optics are capable of providing greater situational awareness for soldiers in the field.

DARPA wants rescue robots, offers $2M prize

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is offering a $2 million prize for the design of an advanced rescue robot.