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Hot Shots? RAF’s £150 mn fighter jet could ‘shut down’ in midair due to overheating fault
The Royal Air Force’s next generation F-35 fighter jet could “shut down” in mid-flight if its fuel overheats, US test pilots have discovered. The fault is the latest in a string of embarrassments for military chiefs and manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

16.12.2014 16:04

Real-time Skype language translation now reality
Skype has gone all sci-fi on its users: the app has announced an upgrade offering real-time translation for users. No longer will we be “hindered by geography and language,” as Microsoft believes we’ve opened a new page in the future of communication.

16.12.2014 14:12

​‘Human microwave’: China's controversial ray gun inflicts unbearable pain
China has presented Poly WB-1, a non-lethal ray gun that can be used for crowd dispersal, by making its targets feel like their skin is on fire. The US version of the weapon was shelved due to practical difficulties and the potential public backlash.

16.12.2014 16:47

Robots, drones to boost Russian 5th gen nuclear subs’ arsenal
Russia’s fifth generation nuclear submarines will be armed with robots and underwater drones in addition to conventional weaponry.

15.12.2014 14:31

Skin deep tech: Cicret bracelet aims to turn your arm into 'new tablet'
Reading emails on your skin may sound wacky, but not for the French designers working on a bracelet that projects your smartphone content onto your arm. To turn the surreal Cicret device into reality, the designers are seeking funding.

13.12.2014 13:20

Cryptoy: UK intelligence app for teens teaching tool or PR spin?
British intelligence agency GCHQ has launched an application for teenagers to clue them in on encryption techniques and message security to ensure protection from surveillance.

13.12.2014 12:58

Watch this space: NASA space students' song goes viral at warp speed
A group of NASA interns are on their way to becoming internet sensations after releasing a video called ‘All About that Space.’ The song is a parody of Meghan Trainor’s smash hit ‘All About that Bass.’

13.12.2014 11:02

iDrunk? ‘Unique’ state-funded app to discourage tipsy drivers
A new cell phone app in the US lets people know if they are over the limit - all assisted with a couple of games. The app uses GPS and a database of taxis to help drivers get home safely.

13.12.2014 06:50

Zuckerberg gives thumbs-down to Facebook ‘dislike’ button
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has ruled out adding a ‘dislike’ button on Facebook “anytime soon.” The 30 year-old says there has been great demand and the social network is looking for ways users can “express a wider range of emotions.”

13.12.2014 07:12

Sky's not the limit: World's first 'Jetman' flies over Dubai desert (VIDEO)
A former fighter pilot and Guinness record holder – known as 'Jetman' – has performed a new stunt, taking over the skies of the United Arab Emirates. High-flying Swiss national Yves Rossy teamed up with Dubai, flying above the wealth of its land.

11.12.2014 15:13

Navy’s 100lb robotic 'spy fish' could take to sea next year
The Navy has been testing a robotic spy fish designed to resemble a five-foot, 100lb bluefin tuna. If it is operational next year, it will be used to patrol harbors, enter enemy territory, and report back on the movements of enemy ships.

13.12.2014 02:15

Not Sci-Fi anymore: Navy’s 'fully operational' laser gun blows up boats, drones (VIDEO)
The US Navy continues to tout its sophisticated warship laser system, saying it has performed above expectations for the last four months of operational testing aboard the USS Ponce during its deployment in the Persian Gulf.

11.12.2014 15:06