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Lasers could help fire weapons or set off explosive warheads for the U.S. Army in the near future. That possibility comes from a lab demonstration of how a simple, handheld laser can fold tiny metallic structures in a style that mimics Japanese origami. The demonstration suggests that similar systems could produce tiny grippers and switches that would act as mechanical components in small devices. The components could be used to detonate explosive or propellant material, attach identification transponder tags to clothing, or even enable a new generation of extremely tiny robots or electronic devices. “We are enabling true microsystems, where all of…

As it’s now 2013 many people will, quite rightly, be tapping their local futurist on the shoulder and asking, “So, where is my flying car?” All is not lost, though: the technology that could make flying cars a reality is making some headway, at least in software. The tech at issue is currently in the realm of serious simulation and is the work of a European research project called MyCopter, which is working out how squadrons of unskilled (and largely unschooled) pilots can fly future “personal air vehicles” – small helicopters that can land in a car-sized parking spot – without…

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