Guided .50-caliber bullets

exacto projectile_144DARPA’s Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) program recently completed its first successful life-fire test demonstration, where it actually worked!  Check out the video below to see it in action.  How does it work?  Beats me, and DARPA being who they are, they’re not exactly providing a lot of details.  From what I can gather from the project’s website, the bullet (can we even call it that?) has movable aerodynamic surface and is receiving guidance instruction from the firing weapon.  Pretty impressive technology.

Biological fuel cell

Energy storage and consumption is the bane of any new technology, especially portable ones.  Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University have accomplished something that I find quite incredible…tapping into a living organism’s biological energy system, and converting that to electricity which can then be used by human technology that has been added to the organism.  A true step closer to a living cyborg.  Awesome.  Ok, so it’s really more suitable to invertebrates at this point, but it still has incredible potential.  It also brings back memories of that scene in the Fifth Element, where a cockroach is equipped with a microphone, transmitter, and remote control, to enable Zorg’s men to eavesdrop on the President (the image here).  Read more about it over at Gizmag.