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darpa's Media: Engineers from Cornell University and Honeywell Aerospace have demonstrated a new method for remote

Engineers from Cornell University and Honeywell Aerospace have demonstrated a new method for remotely vaporizing electronics into thin air, giving devices and their data the ability to vanish on command. The new method uses a silicon-dioxide microchip attached to a polycarbonate shell. Within the shell are microscopic cavities filled with rubidium and sodium biflouride, chemicals that can thermally react and decompose the microchip. The thermal reaction can be triggered remotely by using radio waves to open graphene-on-nitride valves that keep the chemicals sealed in the cavities. The work was funded in part by DARPA's VAPR program. (Image courtesy of @cornelluniversity) #electronics #honeywell #cornell #missionimpossible@honeywell_aero

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darpa's Media: Noise is an obstacle in the race to realize systems that can be used to develop quantum computing t

Noise is an obstacle in the race to realize systems that can be used to develop quantum computing technologies. Among the approaches for quantum computing is the superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), shown at the bottom of this @energy figure. Researchers have demonstrated that the main source of noise is magnetic defects on the SQUID, which are produced by molecular oxygen (O2) adsorbed on its surface. This artist's concept shows magnetic noise caused by O2. The twisted magnetic field lines are induced by harmful fluctuating magnetic spins (arrows) of O2 (spheres) on the surface of a SQUID quantum bit. The ability to develop SQUID-based quantum computers will require that stored magnetic data can survive for long times. This discovery of the origin of magnetic noise in SQUIDs--funded by DARPA, U.S. Department of Energy, Army Research Office, and others--will help inform design strategies for development of tunable superconducting qubits with long lifetimes. #quantum #departmentofenergy #quantumcomputing

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darpa's Media: Avian influenza (H7N9). MERS coronavirus. Ebola. Hepatitis E. Yellow Fever. Lassa. Zika. When you c

Avian influenza (H7N9). MERS coronavirus. Ebola. Hepatitis E. Yellow Fever. Lassa. Zika. When you consider the viral infectious diseases that emerged and reemerged around the world in 2017 alone, what many of them have in common is that they originated in animals and spilled over into humans after a series of mutations enabled the pathogens to jump species. Our new PREEMPT program aims to stop that cross-species transmission of viral infectious disease by predicting and containing viral mutations in animal reservoirs before diseases emerge that can threaten the health of deployed troops. Interested in participating? Check out the link in our profile or on the DARPA.mil news page. #epidemiology #infectiousdisease #bats #monkeys #livestock #mosquito

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darpa's Media: Behold our newest prize challenge! (Delivered just in time for the holidays.) The DARPA Subterranea

Behold our newest prize challenge! (Delivered just in time for the holidays.) The DARPA Subterranean Challenge (SubT) explores innovative approaches and new technologies to rapidly map, navigate, and search complex underground environments. Teams from around the world will be invited to propose novel methods for tackling time-critical scenarios through unknown courses in mapping subsurface networks and unpredictable conditions, which are too hazardous for human first responders. Systems track (hardware and software) and Virtual track (software only) teams will compete in three preliminary Circuit events and a Final event. Each Circuit event will explore the difficulties of operating in a specific underground environment including human-made tunnel systems, underground urban environments such as mass transit and municipal infrastructure, and naturally occurring cave networks. The Final event, planned for 2021, will put teams to the test with courses that incorporate diverse challenges from all three environments. The winner of the Systems track will take home a $2 million prize, while the winner of the Virtual track will earn a $750,000 prize. More information in our profile link and on the DARPA.mil website. #subterranean #lidar #unmanned #wireless #robotics #caves #tunnel #subway #firstresponders

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darpa's Media: On this day in 1958 -- in a Cold War operation organized by ARPA when space launches were a primary

On this day in 1958 -- in a Cold War operation organized by ARPA when space launches were a primary part of the Agency's technical portfolio -- a tape recorder and communications system aboard a stripped-down Atlas rocket broadcast the first-ever audio message from space: a recording of President Eisenhower sharing "America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men." Known as Project SCORE (Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment), the 12-day mission showed how orbital equipment could receive, store, and retransmit messages, a pioneering step toward what would become world-changing satellite communications technology. The mission also helped boost morale in the U.S. amidst Soviet propaganda victories beginning with the Sputnik program. Full remarks: "This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite circling in outer space. Through this unique means, I convey to you and to all mankind, America's wish for peace on earth and goodwill toward men."

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darpa's Media: Our EQUiPS program is all about using advanced mathematics to improve the design and performance of

Our EQUiPS program is all about using advanced mathematics to improve the design and performance of Department of Defense systems. (Or to put it less plainly, EQUiPS pursues scalable uncertainty quantification methods to improve design of complex physical systems.) One example of how this research can be applied is developing an understanding of under what specific circumstances wind gusts pose a danger to rotorcraft. This image shows that modeling; the pink regions depict danger zones. Researchers from the United Technologies Research Center and MIT were involved in this effort. #mathematics #aviation #military #math #engineering #aerospace@MITpics @unitedtechnologiescorp

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darpa's Media: Researchers remain intrigued by soft robots because their flexibility and compliance make them a mo

Researchers remain intrigued by soft robots because their flexibility and compliance make them a more natural fit than traditional robots with hard bodies for working alongside people. Those same qualities can make soft robots a better choice for maneuvering in tight or unstructured spaces. However, the flexibility and dexterity of soft robots has often resulted in reduced strength, which limits applications. Now, DARPA-supported researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed origami-inspired artificial muscles for robots that are capable of lifting up to 1,000 times their own weight simply by applying air or water pressure. According to the Wyss Institute, each artificial muscle consists of an inner "skeleton" that can be made of various materials, such as a metal coil or a sheet of plastic folded into a certain pattern, surrounded by air or fluid and sealed inside a plastic or textile bag that serves as the "skin." A vacuum applied to the inside of the bag initiates the muscle's movement by causing the skin to collapse onto the skeleton, creating tension that drives the motion. Incredibly, no other power source or human input is required to direct the muscle's movement; it is determined entirely by the shape and composition of the skeleton. The research was funded by DARPA's Atoms to Product program. (Image: Shuguang Li / Wyss Institute at Harvard University) #robot #robotics #harvard #mit #engineering

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darpa's Media: Researchers remain intrigued by soft robots because their flexibility and compliance make them a mo

Researchers remain intrigued by soft robots because their flexibility and compliance make them a more natural fit than traditional robots with hard bodies for working alongside people. Those same qualities can make soft robots a better choice for maneuvering in tight or unstructured spaces. However, the flexibility and dexterity of soft robots has often resulted in reduced strength, which limits applications. Now, DARPA-supported researchers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed origami-inspired artificial muscles for robots that are capable of lifting up to 1,000 times their own weight simply by applying air or water pressure. According to the Wyss Institute, each artificial muscle consists of an inner "skeleton" that can be made of various materials, such as a metal coil or a sheet of plastic folded into a certain pattern, surrounded by air or fluid and sealed inside a plastic or textile bag that serves as the "skin." A vacuum applied to the inside of the bag initiates the muscle's movement by causing the skin to collapse onto the skeleton, creating tension that drives the motion. Incredibly, no other power source or human input is required to direct the muscle's movement; it is determined entirely by the shape and composition of the skeleton. The research was funded by DARPA's Atoms to Product program. (Image: Shuguang Li / Wyss Institute at Harvard University) #robot #robotics #Harvard #MIT #engineering

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darpa's Media: The physical and cyber worlds are becoming inseparable. Computers, home appliances, vehicles, camer

The physical and cyber worlds are becoming inseparable. Computers, home appliances, vehicles, cameras, and the myriad handheld devices upon which we all now depend are wirelessly connected to each other and to ourselves, with each system striving to achieve its respective mission in an ever more congested electromagnetic (EM) space. DARPA’s SDR Hackfest was designed to explore and better understand the complex relationships we’re creating within the EM spectrum, and examine in particular the cyber-physical intersection of software defined radio (SDR) and remotely piloted aircraft. This week, participating teams are gathered at the NASA Ames Conference Center in Silicon Valley to solve specific technology goals based around SDR-enabled UAVs. Shown here is a system display of the spectrum band that the Hackfest has been assigned. Ettus Research, one of the organizations supporting the #DARPAHackfest, is able to place images into the spectrum band using a program called gr-paint. #techgeek #radio #siliconvalley #NASAAmes #uav #dronetechnology #dronestagram #hacker #hackfest

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darpa's Media: Researchers at Penn State have discovered how artificially produced microspheres covered in nanosca

Researchers at Penn State have discovered how artificially produced microspheres covered in nanoscale holes can absorb light from many directions. Their findings were based on study of leaf hopper insects, which produce microparticles called brochosomes and wipe them on their wings to help make the insects less visible. With additional development, the synthetic microspheres created by Penn State could possibly be applied to antireflective coatings or used in cameras, telescopes, and other sensors, as well as solar cells. The research was published November 3, 2017, by Nature Communications. The work was co-funded by DARPA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). (Image: Shikuan Yang / Birgitt Boschitsch / Penn State) #pennstate #entomology #techgeek #scienceart

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darpa's Media: Does this dish look familiar to anyone? On November 6, 1959, Cornell University signed a contract w

Does this dish look familiar to anyone? On November 6, 1959, Cornell University signed a contract with ARPA to conduct development studies for a large-scale ionospheric radar probe and how such an instrument might also serve in radioastronomy and other scientific fields. Four years later, on November 1, 1963, an inauguration ceremony was held in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, for the vast Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory, later to be known more generally as the Arecibo Observatory. Its telescope "dish"--the largest in the world until recently--is 1,000 feet in diameter, 167 feet deep, and covers an area of approximately 20 acres. Development of the Arecibo facility was initially supported by ARPA in the 1960s as part of the DEFENDER Program, a broad-based missile defense program. The observatory was designed to study the structure of the upper ionosphere and its interactions with electromagnetic communications signals. The observatory, which remains in use today, is now part of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), a national research center operated by SRI International, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), and Universidad Metropolitana (UMET), through a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). Researchers have tapped the observatory for their studies of ionospheric physics, radar and radio astronomy, aeronomy, and dynamics of the earth's upper atmosphere. The facility also helped NASA mission planners in their selection of lunar landing sites as well as Viking planetary mission landing sites. Along with its official uses, the observatory has also had cameos in the movies "Goldeneye" and "Contact." #history #astronomy #jamesbond #space #innovation #techgeek

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darpa's Media: Ten years ago today, DARPA's Urban Challenge catalyzed the nascent field of self-driving vehicle te

Ten years ago today, DARPA's Urban Challenge catalyzed the nascent field of self-driving vehicle technology, and key players from the Challenge are now among the leaders of the self-driving-car movement. The intense multi-year competition, with its $2 million top prize, required rapid development and fusion of many component technologies, not the least of which was LIDAR, a laser mapping system to help machines model the world around them. In the two years between the 2005 Grand Challenge and the 2007 Urban Challenge, teams raced to meet the goals DARPA set for the Urban Challenge: complete the 60-mile course in less than 6 hours while driving safely and obeying all California traffic laws. The vehicles faced demanding driving tasks and hurdles such as traffic circles, merges, four-way intersections, blocked roads, parking in a crowded lot, passing parked cars on narrow streets, and keeping up with the traffic flow on two- and four-lane roads. Carnegie Mellon's "Boss" finished first, followed by Stanford University's "Junior" and then Virginia Tech's "Odin," taking second and third place, respectively. Following the event, Boss made an appearance at the Pentagon to highlight how self-driving technology could make military operations safer. As DARPA prepares to celebrate its 60th Anniversary in 2018, we are pleased to share this example of how the technology we fund and the inspired communities of researchers we work with can quickly transform entire industries. #selfdriving #techgeek #military #automobile #carnegiemellon #stanford #virginiatech

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darpa's Media: Ten years ago today, DARPA's Urban Challenge catalyzed the nascent field of self-driving vehicle te

Ten years ago today, DARPA's Urban Challenge catalyzed the nascent field of self-driving vehicle technology. The intense competition, with its $2 million prize to the winner, required rapid development and fusion of many component technologies, not the least of which was LIDAR, a laser mapping system to help machines model the world around them. In the two years between the 2005 Grand Challenge and the 2007 Urban Challenge, teams raced to meet the goals DARPA set for the Urban Challenge: complete the 60-mile course in less than 6 hours while driving safely and obeying all California traffic laws. The vehicles faced demanding driving tasks and hurdles such as traffic circles, merges, four-way intersections, blocked roads, parking in a crowded lot, passing parked cars on narrow streets, and keeping up with the traffic flow on two- and four-lane roads. Carnegie Mellon's "Boss" finished first, followed by Stanford University's "Junior" and then Virginia Tech's "Odin," taking second and third place, respectively. Today, team members from the competition are now leading the self-driving vehicle industry. #selfdriving #techgeek #military #automobile #CarnegieMellon #urbanchallenge

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darpa's Media: Ten years ago today, self-driving vehicle technology went into overdrive, if you will, when 11 team

Ten years ago today, self-driving vehicle technology went into overdrive, if you will, when 11 teams competed in DARPA’s Urban Challenge. The event featured autonomous ground vehicles maneuvering in a mock city environment, merging into moving traffic, navigating traffic circles, negotiating busy intersections, and avoiding obstacles. An SUV named Boss won the race. It was developed by team Tartan Racing, led by Carnegie Mellon University. Shown here is a cabin view of the vehicle steering itself through the course (video courtesy CMU). Two years earlier, an SUV named Stanley, developed by Stanford University, won DARPA’s second Grand Challenge, which involved a course through the desert. In just two years’ time between the Grand and Urban Challenges, the technology advanced sufficiently to allow the vehicles to move from running solo through the desert to operating in a simulated city. Today, the self-driving revolution is well underway, but the participants in the Urban Challenge (many of whom lead the top self-driving car projects today) can look back fondly on how they jumpstarted the future! #SelfDriving #Unmanned #Automobile #TechGeek #CarnegieMellon #Stanford #autopilot #suv #urbanchallenge

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darpa's Media: How do you get people who may be suffering psychological distress to open up about their feelings?

How do you get people who may be suffering psychological distress to open up about their feelings? Often times, people are reluctant to speak to therapists for fear of being stigmatized for showing weakness. Researchers at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies, working under DARPA's now complete Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals (DCAPS) program, developed an interactive, virtual therapist named Ellie to help people share their feelings in what they perceive as a more private setting. Ellie blends advances in machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision to identify psychological distress from multimodal signals and deliver a general metric of psychological health. USC recently published results in the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI. The study showed that virtual human interviewers that build rapport with subjects may provide a superior option to encourage reporting of psychological distress over traditional reporting methods. #psychology #ai #machinelearning #usc #therapist(Images courtesy of USC)

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darpa's Media: The process for developing new medicines is long, expensive, and riddled with false starts that sho

The process for developing new medicines is long, expensive, and riddled with false starts that show positive results in animals but do not translate well into humans. DARPA's Microphysiological Systems program aims to improve the process for testing new drugs by developing a platform technology that uses engineered human tissue to mimic human physiological systems. The interactions that candidate drugs and vaccines have with these mimics could accurately predict the safety and effectiveness that the countermeasures would have if administered to humans. If the work is successful, only safe and effective countermeasures will be fully developed for potential use in clinical trials while ineffective or toxic ones will be rejected early in the development process. Shown here is a "gut-on-a-chip" system developed for DARPA by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. It's one of several organ mimics that DARPA has funded. #biology #technology #techgeek #Harvard #boston

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darpa's Media: DARPA-funded researchers from Columbia Engineering and the University of Texas at Austin have devel

DARPA-funded researchers from Columbia Engineering and the University of Texas at Austin have developed a new way to reduce interference in two-way radio communications. One of the challenges of talking and listening - or transmitting and receiving signals - at the same time is figuring out how to listen to the very low amplitude incoming signal and separate it from the large talking or transmitting signal. The researchers have developed a new component -- a magnet free non-reciprocal circulator -- that puts the transmit and receive signals on different communication paths to help reduce the rate of interference. Further, the component uses a high-speed transistor switching technique to create a seemingly continuous stream of communication. In effect, it's like two trains approaching each other at super-high speeds that are detoured at the last moment to avoid collision. A key advantage of the new approach is the ability to transmit and receive signals on the same frequency channel, effectively doubling the data capacity or space to communicate within existing bandwidth. This approach also allows for the use of higher millimeter-wave frequencies - 30GHz and above - which opens up bandwidth not currently in use. The work was funded by DARPA's SPAR program.

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darpa's Media: Our CONFERS program aims to develop "rules of the road" for on-orbit satellite servicing. The curre

Our CONFERS program aims to develop "rules of the road" for on-orbit satellite servicing. The current lack of clear, widely accepted technical and safety standards for responsible performance of on-orbit activities involving commercial satellites remains a major obstacle to further expansion of commercial and government space operations, and could put long-term sustainability at risk. To help overcome these challenges and provide the foundation for a new commercial repertoire of robust space-based capabilities, CONFERS envisions a permanent, self-sustaining, and independent forum where industry could collaborate and engage with the U.S. Government in research about on-orbit servicing, as well as drive the creation of standards that servicing providers and clients would adopt. To support this goal, DARPA awarded Phase I funding for CONFERS to Advanced Technology International, based in Summerville, S.C. #space #satellite #innovation #techgeek #mechanic #robotics #southcarolina

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darpa's Media: Recent flight tests of our Strategic Technology Office's radar sensor proved that it can provide un

Recent flight tests of our Strategic Technology Office's radar sensor proved that it can provide uninterrupted real-time video of objects on the ground through cloud cover. The sensor was developed by DARPA's Video Synthetic Aperture Radar (ViSAR) program. ViSAR, which began in 2013, has been developing an Extremely High Frequency (EHF) targeting sensor to operate through clouds as effectively as current electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) sensors operate in clear weather. #military #radar #techgeek #aviation #electronics

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darpa's Media: Happy 70th birthday to the United States Air Force! For decades, DARPA and the Air Force have been

Happy 70th birthday to the United States Air Force! For decades, DARPA and the Air Force have been partners in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the air and even in space. One of our highest-profile (lowest-profile?) efforts, the F-117 Nighthawk, (subtly) introduced stealth technology to the world. (U.S. Air Force image) #aviation #military #innovation #avgeek #F117 #airforce #aviationgeek #instaplane #jet

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darpa's Media: Our Tactical Technology Office has selected three teams to develop real-time protection of ground a

Our Tactical Technology Office has selected three teams to develop real-time protection of ground and maritime convoys from hostile #unmanned #aircraftsystems. The Mobile Force Protection program will fund Dynetics, Inc., Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC, and SRC, Inc. To facilitate future transition of this technology, DARPA will coordinate closely with the Military Services, the Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate, and the U.S. Coast Guard. #autonomy #drone #swarm #military #armedforces #army #navy #coastguard #airforce

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darpa's Media: To help stroke patients regain their ability to walk, robotics groups from industry and academia ar

To help stroke patients regain their ability to walk, robotics groups from industry and academia are developing powered wearable devices that restore gait functions or assist with rehabilitation. In the past, these systems could be used only on a treadmill in a clinical setting, but in recent years developers have created portable systems. Working toward the long-term goal of developing soft robots that can be worn as clothing, researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Boston University's College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College have developed a lightweight, soft, wearable, ankle-assisting exosuit that can reinforce normal gaits in people with hemiparesis after stroke. Read more about their work at the link in our profile. The view of the exosuit shown here displays the suit's soft robotic elements and the cable that transfers mechanical power from actuators operated from the hip to the ankle joint. The work is funded by DARPA's Warrior Web program, an effort to create a lightweight, soft exosuit for use by Service members to reduce both physical fatigue and the risk of musculoskeletal injury. (Image: Rolex Awards/Fred Merz) #military #robotics #rehabilitation

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darpa's Media: To help stroke patients regain their ability to walk, robotics groups from industry and academia ar

To help stroke patients regain their ability to walk, robotics groups from industry and academia are developing powered wearable devices that restore gait functions or assist with rehabilitation. In the past, these systems could be used only on a treadmill in a clinical setting, but in recent years developers have created portable systems. Working toward the long-term goal of developing soft robots that can be worn as clothing, researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Boston University's College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College have developed a lightweight, soft, wearable, ankle-assisting exosuit that can reinforce normal gaits in people with hemiparesis after stroke. Read more about their work at the link in our profile. The view of the exosuit shown here displays the suit's soft robotic elements and the cable that transfers mechanical power from actuators operated from the hip to the ankle joint. The work is funded by DARPA's Warrior Web program, an effort to create a lightweight, soft exosuit for use by Service members to reduce both physical fatigue and the risk of musculoskeletal injury. (Image: Rolex Awards/Fred Merz) #military #rehabilitation #robotics #exosuit

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darpa's Media: WIRED last week published an oral history of DARPA's Grand Challenge (link in profile), the race th

WIRED last week published an oral history of DARPA's Grand Challenge (link in profile), the race that paved the way for self-driving vehicles. To complement those anecdotes, we offer some photographs from the 2004 event showing vehicles that "were something out of Mad Max." #darpa #military #autonomy #selfdrivingcar #cargeek #driving #selfdriving #carpic #carsofinstagram #madmax

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darpa's Media: WIRED last week published an oral history of DARPA's Grand Challenge (link in profile), the race th

WIRED last week published an oral history of DARPA's Grand Challenge (link in profile), the race that paved the way for self-driving vehicles. To complement those anecdotes, we offer some photographs from the 2004 event showing vehicles that "were something out of Mad Max." #DARPA #military #autonomy #selfdrivingcar #cargeek #driving #selfdriving #carpic #carsofinstagram #madmax

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darpa's Media: WIRED last week published an oral history of DARPA's Grand Challenge (link in profile), the race th

WIRED last week published an oral history of DARPA's Grand Challenge (link in profile), the race that paved the way for self-driving vehicles. To complement those anecdotes, we offer some photographs from the 2004 event showing vehicles that "were something out of Mad Max." #DARPA #military #autonomy #selfdrivingcar #cargeek #driving #selfdriving #motorcycle #chopper #motorcyclesofinstagram #bikersofinstagram

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darpa's Media: WIRED last week published an oral history of DARPA's Grand Challenge, the race that paved the way f

WIRED last week published an oral history of DARPA's Grand Challenge, the race that paved the way for self-driving vehicles. To complement those anecdotes, we offer some photographs from the 2004 event showing vehicles that "were something out of Mad Max." #DARPA #military #autonomy #selfdrivingcar #cargeek #driving #selfdriving #carpic #carsofinstagram

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darpa's Media: It was one year ago today that DARPA staged the first-ever all-machine version of the hacker contes

It was one year ago today that DARPA staged the first-ever all-machine version of the hacker contest "Capture the Flag." The game marked the finale of DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC). It took place alongside the annual DEF CON hacker conference in Las Vegas. The CGC achieved its goal of accelerating the development of advanced, autonomous systems that can detect, evaluate, and patch software vulnerabilities before adversaries have a chance to exploit them. First place went to the Mayhem cyber reasoning system, developed by team ForAllSecure of Pittsburgh. Second place went to Xandra, a cyber reasoning system developed by TECHx of Ithaca, N.Y., and Charlottesville, Va. Third place went to the Mechanical Phish cyber reasoning system, developed by Shellphish of Santa Barbara, Calif. Couldn't make it to DEF CON to watch the CGC? If you come to Washington, DC, this summer you can still see the winning system, Mayhem, on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History through Sept. 17, 2017. #history #defcon #defcon24 #darpacgc #technology #hacker #techgeek #computer

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darpa's Media: It will be one year ago tomorrow that DARPA staged the first-ever all-machine version of the hacker

It will be one year ago tomorrow that DARPA staged the first-ever all-machine version of the hacker contest "Capture the Flag." The game marked the finale of DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC). It took place alongside the annual DEF CON hacker conference in Las Vegas. The CGC achieved its goal of accelerating the development of advanced, autonomous systems that can detect, evaluate, and patch software vulnerabilities before adversaries have a chance to exploit them. First place went to the Mayhem cyber reasoning system, developed by team ForAllSecure of Pittsburgh. Second place went to Xandra, a cyber reasoning system developed by TECHx of Ithaca, N.Y., and Charlottesville, Va. Third place went to the Mechanical Phish cyber reasoning system, developed by Shellphish of Santa Barbara, Calif. Couldn't make it to DEF CON to watch the CGC? If you come to Washington, DC, this summer you can still see the winning system, Mayhem, on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History through Sept. 17, 2017. #TBT #history #DEFCON #DEFCON24 #DARPACGC #technology #hacker #techgeek #computer #computers

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darpa's Media: This week DARPA announced the six teams that will support the Agency's Neural Engineering System De

This week DARPA announced the six teams that will support the Agency's Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program. NESD is pursuing high-resolution, implantable brain-machine interfaces that could serve as a foundation for potential, future treatments of sensory deficits such as blindness and deafness. If it is successful, NESD technology could also dramatically expand neurotechnology capabilities and provide new insights into how the brain processes sensory inputs. The team led by Brown University aims to develop a system of "neurograin" sensors. Brown's proposed interface would be composed of networks of up to 100,000 of such submillimeter-sized neuro-grains, placed onto or implanted into the cerebral cortex. As depicted in the concept art shown here, a separate RF unit worn or implanted as a flexible electronic patch would passively power the neurograins and serve as the hub for relaying data to and from an external command center that transcodes and processes neural and digital signals. (Image: Brown University) #neuroscience #technology #techgeek @brownu

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darpa's Media: On June 30th, at a ceremony at the Manhattan campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs' New York

On June 30th, at a ceremony at the Manhattan campus of the Department of Veterans Affairs' New York Harbor Health Care System, two veterans living with arm amputations became the first recipients of a new generation of prosthetic limb that promises them unprecedented, near-natural arm and hand motion. The modular, battery-powered arms, designed and developed by DEKA Research and Development Corporation for DARPA, represent the most significant advance in upper extremity prosthetics in more than a century. The prosthetic "LUKE" arm system-which stands for "Life Under Kinetic Evolution" but is also a passing reference to Luke Skywalker of Star Wars fame-enables dexterous arm and hand movement through a simple, intuitive control system. The system allows users to control multiple joints simultaneously and provides a variety of grips and grip forces by means of wireless signals generated by sensors worn on the feet or via other easy-to-use controllers. Years of testing and optimization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) led to clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and creation of a commercial-scale manufacturer, Mobius Bionics of Manchester, N.H. More than 100 people living with amputation were involved in initial studies, which led to a product whose natural size, weight, and shape provides unparalleled comfort and ease of use. During the ceremony, VA Secretary David Shulkin presented LUKE arms to Fred Downs and Artie McAuley. Downs is a prosthetics consultant for the Paralyzed Veterans of America and retired Chief Procurement and Logistics Officer for the Veterans Health Administration who lost his left arm above the elbow during the Vietnam War. McAuley is an Army veteran whose arm was amputated as the result of an accident while stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y. He went without a prosthesis for years because earlier-generation devices did not work well for individuals whose loss extended all the way up to the shoulder. (Shown here: Fred Downs demonstrates the arm's capabilities, using it to help zip a bag.) #technology #techgeek #amputee #DARPA #veterans #prostheticarm #robotics

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darpa's Media: On June 30th, two veterans living with arm amputations became the first recipients of a new generat

On June 30th, two veterans living with arm amputations became the first recipients of a new generation of prosthetic limb that promises them unprecedented, near-natural arm and hand motion. The modular, battery-powered arms, designed and developed by DEKA Research and Development Corporation for DARPA, represent the most significant advance in upper extremity prosthetics in more than a century. The prosthetic "LUKE" arm system-which stands for "Life Under Kinetic Evolution" but is also a passing reference to Luke Skywalker of Star Wars fame-enables dexterous arm and hand movement through a simple, intuitive control system. The system allows users to control multiple joints simultaneously and provides a variety of grips and grip forces by means of wireless signals generated by sensors worn on the feet or via other easy-to-use controllers. Years of testing and optimization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) led to clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and creation of a commercial-scale manufacturer, Mobius Bionics of Manchester, N.H. More than 100 people living with amputation were involved in initial studies, which led to a product whose natural size, weight, and shape provides unparalleled comfort and ease of use. During the presentation ceremony, VA Secretary David Shulkin introduced Fred Downs and Artie McAuley. Downs is a prosthetics consultant for the Paralyzed Veterans of America and retired Chief Procurement and Logistics Officer for the Veterans Health Administration who lost his left arm above the elbow during the Vietnam War. McAuley is an Army veteran whose arm was amputated as the result of an accident while stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y. He went without a prosthesis for years because earlier-generation devices did not work well for individuals whose loss extended all the way up to the shoulder. (Shown here: Fred Downs demonstrates the arm's capabilities, using it to lift a glass to his mouth.) #technology #techgeek #amputee #DARPA #Veterans #ProstheticArm #robotics

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darpa's Media: Phase 1 of DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program concluded recently following a series of

Phase 1 of DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program concluded recently following a series of obstacle-course flight tests in central Florida. Over four days, three teams of researchers huddled under shade tents in the sweltering Florida sun, fine-tuning their sensor-laden quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicles during the intervals between increasingly difficult runs. DARPA's FLA program is advancing technology to enable small unmanned quadcopters to fly autonomously through cluttered buildings and obstacle-strewn environments at fast speeds (up to 20 meters per second / 45 miles per hour) using onboard cameras and sensors as "eyes" and smart algorithms to self-navigate. Check out video on our DARPAtv YouTube channel. #autonomy #UAV #drone #quadcopter #technology #techgeek #florida #gps #navigation #aircraft #LIDAR

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