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New Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) Program Aims to Break the “More Armor” Paradigm for Protection

DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program seeks to investigate revolutionary technologies for ground-based armored fighting vehicles that would significantly improve the mobility and survivability of vehicles through means other than adding more armor.
DARPA’s new Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program seeks to investigate revolutionary technologies for ground-based armored fighting vehicles that would significantly improve the mobility and survivability of vehicles through means other than adding more armor.    Article 
DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program seeks to investigate revolutionary technologies for ground-based armored fighting vehicles that would significantly improve the mobility and survivability of vehicles through means other than adding more armor.
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CHIKV Challenge Asks Teams to Forecast the Spread of Infectious Disease

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The Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is on the move. Spread among humans by mosquitoes, and spread across geographic boundaries by humans who travel, the virus—which causes a debilitating illness—is now expanding through the Western Hemisphere. Governments and health organizations could take proactive steps to limit its spread if they had accurate forecasts of where and when it would appear. DARPA’s CHIKV Challenge asks teams to create models to deliver such forecasts for all of the countries and territories in the Americas and the Caribbean over a six-month period starting in September 2014. The winning team will take home $150,000, with additional cash prizes for runners-up. Full details, rules, and registration instructions for the Challenge are available at: http://www.innocentive.com/DARPAChikvChallenge. Article

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SyNAPSE Program Develops Advanced Brain-Inspired Chip

A circuit board contains 16 of the new brain-inspired chips, in 4 X 4 array, along with some interface hardware. The board is being used to rapidly analyze high-resolutions images.  Courtesy: IBM 

DARPA-funded researchers have developed one of the world’s largest and most complex computer chips ever produced—one whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips. Article

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Building the Foundation for Future Synthetic Biology Applications with BRICS

DARPA’s Biological Robustness in Complex Settings (BRICS) program seeks to develop the fundamental understanding and component technologies needed to increase the biological robustness and stability of engineered organisms while maintaining or enhancing the safe use of those organisms in complex biological environments. The goal is to create the technical foundation for future engineered biological systems to achieve greater biomedical, industrial and strategic potential. 

DARPA’s Biological Robustness in Complex Settings (BRICS) program seeks to develop the fundamental understanding and component technologies needed to increase the biological robustness and stability of engineered organisms while maintaining or enhancing the safe use of those organisms in complex biological environments. The goal is to create the technical foundation for future engineered biological systems to achieve greater biomedical, industrial and strategic potential. Article 

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Beyond GPS: 5 Next-Generation Technologies for Positioning, Navigation & Timing (PNT)

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It is difficult to imagine the modern world without the Global Positioning System (GPS), which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous. It’s in cars, boats, planes, trains, smartphones and wristwatches, and has enabled advances as wide-ranging as driverless cars, precision munitions, and automated supply chain management. Article

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Work Commences on Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) Designs

DARPA created its Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program to create a new paradigm for more routine, responsive and affordable space operations. The agency has taken its first major step toward that goal by awarding prime contracts for Phase 1 of XS-1 to three companies: The Boeing Company, Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman Corporation. 

In an era of declining budgets and adversaries’ evolving capabilities, quick, affordable and routine access to space is increasingly critical for both national and economic security. Current satellite launch systems, however, require scheduling years in advance for a handful of available slots. Launches often cost hundreds of millions of dollars each, in large part to the massive amounts of dedicated infrastructure and personnel required.  Article 

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