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Darpa signs on for Pentagon’s “Space Plane”

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DARPA is about to make a reusable spacecraft for the Pentagon. “It would be a spacecraft that most resembles what people see in the movies,” former Air Force command officer Brian Weeden said.

10 launches in as many days, autonomous, carries mid sized satellite payload.

What do you think the payload will be for the Pentagon? Something to win the hearts and minds with? Democracy or Freedom? Nikes? Can’t wait to find out what you think.

via The Daily Caller:

Aerospace and defense contractor Northrop Grumman recently unveiled its concept for the Pentagon’s new space plane, the XS-1 — an unmanned drone-shuttle capable of carrying small and medium-sized satellites into orbit cheaply and autonomously.

“It would be a spacecraft that most resembles what people see in the movies,” former Air Force Space Command Officer Brian Weeden told War is Boring about the concept craft, which is being headed up by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

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What you need to know about DARPA, the Pentagon’s mad science division

DARPAWe know you’re all fascinated by the mad science happenings at DARPA and Engadget has helpfully summarized what’s they’re up to:

There’s a certain entity within the Pentagon that’s quite (in)famous for developing terrifying robots, advanced weapons and futuristic tech. It’s called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or, as most people know it, DARPA: the Department of Defense’s “mad science” division. While all the machines coming out of the agency make it seem like its sole purpose is to build a killer-robot army, DARPA has many, many other projects to speak of. In fact, DARPA’s at the heart of some of the most significant technological advances of our time. Hell, there might not be an internet to read this article on if DARPA didn’t create it.

HOW DID IT BEGIN?

President Dwight Eisenhower founded DARPA way back in 1958 in order to develop cutting-edge technologies for the United States. Originally known as ARPA (same meaning, but without “Defense”), it was created as a response to the Soviet Union’s successful launch of Sputnik, which, according to DARPA itself, signaled that “a fundamental change was needed in America’s defense science and technology programs.” Since then, it’s been involved in several technological milestones; for instance, it developed an early networking system that went live in 1969 called the ARPANET.

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DARPA Begins Program To Develop Brain Tech To Fight Mental Illness in Service Members

800px-DARPA_LogoHere comes the government microchip in the brain that we’ve been hearing about for so many years…

Work on DARPA’s Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program is set to begin with teams led by UC San Francisco (UCSF), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The SUBNETS program seeks to reduce the severity of neuropsychological illness in service members and veterans by developing closed-loop therapies that incorporate recording and analysis of brain activity with near-real-time neural stimulation. The program, which will use next-generation devices inspired by current Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) technology, was launched in support of President Obama’s brain initiative.

UCSF and MGH will oversee teams of physicians, engineers, and neuroscientists who are working together to develop advanced brain interfaces, computational models of neural activity, and clinical therapies for treating networks of the brain. The teams will collaborate with commercial industry and government, including researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Medtronic, to apply a broad range of perspectives to the technological challenges involved.

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The NSA Isn’t The Only One Playing Games: Enter Xylem

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“Shall we play a game?”

Via Computer World:

The U.S. Department of Defense may have found a new way to scan millions of lines of software code for vulnerabilities, by turning the practice into a set of video games and puzzles and having volunteers do the work.

Having gamers identify potentially problematic chunks of code could help lower the work load of trained vulnerability analysts by “an order of magnitude or more,” said John Murray, a program director in SRI International’s computer science laboratory who helped create one of the games, called Xylem.

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DARPA To Spend $70 Million Investigating Brain Implants

alzheimersThe ostensible purpose is to better treat mental illness, but I think we all know what the experimental research wing of the military’s real motives are. As reported by the Boston Globe:

The federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, announced Thursday that it intended to spend more than $70 million over five years to jump to the next level of brain implants, either by improving deep brain stimulation or by developing new technology.

The new program, called Systems-Based Neurotechnology and Understanding for the Treatment of Neuropsychological Illnesses, is part of an Obama administration brain initiative that is intended to promote innovative basic neuroscience. Participants in the initiative include DARPA, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation.

DARPA’s project is partly inspired by the needs of combat veterans who suffer from mental and physical conditions, and is the first to directly invest in researching human illness as part of the brain initiative.

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U.S. Government’s HAARP Program Shuts Down

haarp Did HAARP secretly manipulate the weather? Or beam mind-control radio waves out to the unsuspecting population? If so that’s no longer a priority. The National Association for Amateur Radio reports:

The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) — a subject of fascination for many hams and the target of conspiracy theorists and anti-government activists — has closed down. HAARP’s program manager, Dr. James Keeney, said that the sprawling 35-acre ionospheric research facility in remote Gakona, Alaska, has been shuttered since early May.

“Currently the site is abandoned,” he said. “It comes down to money. We don’t have any.” Keeney said no one is on site, access roads are blocked, buildings are chained and the power turned off. “Everything is in secure mode,” he said, adding that it will stay that way at least for another 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime a new prime contractor will be coming on board to run the government owned-contractor operated (GOCO) facility.

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New Motorola Vitamin Pills Could Be Edible Stomach-Acid-Powered Passwords

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Taking a daily vitamin could do more than give you an extra kick of vitamin D or C in the morning. Soon, it could also boost your online security, becoming an authentication token you could never lose.

At the D11 conference in California today, Motorola unveiled a “vitamin authentication” tablet powered by the acid in your stomach that turns you into a human authentication token.

Regina Dugan, Motorola’s senior vice president for advanced technology and products and a former director of DARPA, described the little pill as “my first super power,” according to Wired UK.

“Authentication is irritating,” she said. “After 40 years of advances in computation, we’re still authenticating basically the same way we did years ago.”

The FDA-approved tablet, made by Proteus Digital Health, contains a small chip that can be switched on an off by your stomach acid, creating an 18-bit ECG-like signal that would let you authenticate your identity just by touching your phone, your computer or your car.

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Pentagon Working On Tattoos That Track Soldiers

What does your tattoo say about you? Wired writes:

In its ongoing quest to measure every aspect of U.S. troops’ physiology, the Pentagon’s esoteric research enclave DARPA wants to develop a durable, unobtrusive device that can track the body’s physical response to stress. Military scientists believe that using the device — preferably a tattoo — to track heart-rate, temperature or bio-electric response during various training situations will help them crack the code of combat fatigue.

Advanced materials make it possible to integrate everything from the sensors to the transmitter into thumb-sized membranes that can stick to skin — like temporary tattoos. These tiny arrays combine the necessary sensor — be it EKG, heart rate, or temperature — with a short-wave antenna and transmitting capability.

Isolating the factors that make these stress levels spike is part of a larger initiative to understand and control the different triggers of the body’s physiological responses.

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Alex Jones – DARPA Publicist?

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A video by Alex Jones, facetiously titled “Gun Control Works,” has recently been making the rounds on social media. In it, Jones and a collage of supporters declare that “democide, or death by government … has been the number one cause of unnatural death in history.”

While there’s no doubt totalitarian government has been a brutal force, the specificity of Jones’ claims leave the curious observer to wonder about the origin of his information. Like some others in the recent trend of bullhorn-wielding, internet “confrontation reporters,” Jones has typically not engaged in original investigation or research. His programming normally takes the form of mash-ups of information previously reported by sources in the mainstream media, which the host then connects together by identifying broad patterns and themes. Despite this, however, Jones is usually very good about crediting his MSM sources during his shows and on his website. Not so, however, in the “democide” video.… Read the rest

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