Fringe Science, New Discoveries and Developments

Cutting edge research, science that defies conventional parameters and new technologies

Human rights group seeks ban on autonomous ‘killer robots’

New campaign group aims to stop the development of ‘killer robots’ before they proliferate on battlefields

Navy Deploying Laser Weapon Prototype Near Iran

Only one problem: it doesn’t work very well in fog or mist

New DARPA Robot Looks Human

The rise of the machines? Includes videos

U.S. military blimp set to revolutionise warfare makes first successful test flight

U.S. military blimp set to revolutionise warfare makes first successful test flight

Will carry three times more cargo than current military tranports and capable of vertical take off and landing, it won’t even need a landing strip

Robotic finger or door handle to hidden chamber?

Robotic finger or door handle to hidden chamber?

Or the remains of an ancient Martian civilization? Wild theories spread after Mars rover Curiosity discovers mysterious metal object sticking out of rock

Iran president unveils Qaher-313 indigenous fighter jet

Iran president unveils Qaher-313 indigenous fighter jet

Despite sanctions Iran is developing its own advanced weaponry quite independently. The latest example being the Qaher 313 (Conqueror 313), said to be similar to the US F/A-18

Taranis killer drone. Click to enlarge

Set for take-off: Britain’s deadly superdrone that picks its own targets but experts warn plane could mark the start of ‘robot wars’

Revolutionary intercontinental attack drone being prepared for maiden flight

Mining for metals on an asteroid: Spacecraft could begin drilling on passing rocks within just TWO YEARS

Mining for metals on an asteroid: Spacecraft could begin drilling on passing rocks within just TWO YEARS

One asteroid in our solar system alone may contain $95.8 trillion of mineral wealth – the world’s entire annual GDP

New German laser. Although currently housed in test modules plans are to unveil systems optimised for combat. Click to enlarge

Germans Unveil ‘Star Wars’ Laser

Ground breaking laser can shoot a drone down from 2 kilometers away and cut through a steel girder at 700 yards

Thunderbird 2 flies again: The astonishing airship set to revolutionise haulage, tourism... and warfare

Thunderbird 2 flies again: The astonishing airship set to revolutionise haulage, tourism… and warfare

Airship will carry three times as much as the biggest military cargo planes over thousands of miles, use a third of the fuel, and it doesn’t even need a landing strip

One giant leap for commercial space flight: SpaceX test launches reusable rocket

Successful test launch promises to open a whole new chapter in manned space flight. Includes video

New Earth-like planet could sustain life, scientists claim

Potentially habital planet discovered orbiting nearby star, and it may not be the only one

Pilotless fighter will fly over UK from 2013

Pilotless fighter will fly over UK from 2013

If all goes as planned it could mean the end of manned fighter planes and the advent of robot controlled surveillance drones

Robocod: Homeland Security adds underwater drones to their arsenal with robots based on fish

Robocod: Homeland Security adds underwater drones to their arsenal with robots based on fish

The latest in a growing line of drones: a robotic fish purportedly designed to safeguard America’s coastline

From sci fi to reality: The computer-blitzing drone that can cripple a nation's electronics at the touch of a button

From sci fi to reality: The computer-blitzing drone that can cripple a nation’s electronics at the touch of a button

New weapon to knock out computer systems but experts warn, in the wrong hands it could bring Western cities to their knees

Robots to replace Navy’s mine-hunting dolphins

Starting in 2017, 24 of the U.S. Navy’s 80 military-trained dolphins will be replaced by unmanned torpedo-shaped robots

Water on Mercury bodes well for alien life search

Water on Mercury bodes well for alien life search

Nasa analysts find indications of “billions of tons” of water ice on Mercury

NASA Backs Off on Mars ‘Historic Announcement’

Maybe NASA’s Mars rover did uncover something truly “historic”. Only now mission controllers have been ordered to play down their initial enthusiasm and bury whatever was discovered

British company claims biggest engine advance since the jet

British company claims biggest engine advance since the jet

Endorsed by the European Space Agency, the space plane has passed critical tests showing it could fly at high altitude at five times the speed of sound before switching to rocket mode to make the final jump into orbit

Northrop Places Futuristic Drone on Carrier

Northrop Places Futuristic Drone on Carrier

Ready for flight tests at sea, a new generation of unmanned combat drone was hoisted aboard the carrier USS Harry S. Truman earlier this week