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Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

On November 12, 2010 By Andrew Ralls

The U.S. Air Force is looking for a next-generation fighter jet to replace its current F-22 Raptor. In addition to (or in lieu of) conventional weapons, the Air Force is interested in non-kinetic (lasers, electromagnetic pulse generators) weapons and and remote functionality. Remote piloting removes the greatest limitation on current jets — [...]

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While the trade and purchase of “conflict” diamonds has been well-publicized, other minerals are routinely mined and traded in war-torn countries such as Congo. Surprisingly, or at least not as well publicized, many of these minerals play an integral role in the development of cell phones.

Four minerals commonly used in cellphones [...]

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