September 24, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
DARPA unveiled Wednesday its intention to launch the Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) program, which could give prosthetic limbs a sense of feeling.

The primary research branch of the U.S. Defense Department is developing technology to make advanced arm prosthetics even more lifelike for amputees—technology that experts hope will send signals to the brain to indicate what the limb is actually feeling.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) unveiled Wednesday information on its new Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX) program, the first program for the nascent Biological Technologies Office, which opened in April. 

July 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Every day, 22 veterans commit suicide—a startling number prompting experts to probe for methods to curb the national epidemic. Officials are fielding a new program, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which can help experts assess the psychological state of troops and veterans early on and possibly get them the help needed before it’s too late.

June 23, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

This is your brain on DARPA. Sort of.

While the latest in brain research technology, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), might not be as catchy as the televised iconic anti-drug public service announcement from 1987 (in which an actor displays an egg to symbolize a brain, then cracks it into a frying pan to illustrate a brain on drugs) the field work could revolutionize how brains are studied in the future.

A new research protocol developed at Stanford University in California improves on their previous technological breakthrough and lets neuroscientists visualize a brain across multiple scales, says program manager Dr. Justin Sanchez.

June 3, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Theodis Butler has little confidence anyone can actually win the first-of-its kind, much-anticipated cyber protection challenge launched by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). But that isn’t stopping him from joining the two-year competition as 35 teams vie not just for the Cyber Grand Challenge $2 million grand prize, but the honor of trying to devise a fully automated system to defend against cyber attacks before hackers have a chance to get to them.

June 6, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Navy already has its frogmen, so why not add a reptile to the military’s repertoire? Mimicking the biological properties that let geckos amazingly climb and cling to a number of surfaces, scientists and engineers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) devised “Geckskin,” gecko-inspired paddles that recently helped a 218-pound man—lugging a 50-pound load—scale and descend a 25-foot glass wall.

January 10, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Soldiers involved in the January 6-February 19 Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) will help decide what technologies will be used on the battlefield of tomorrow. The ninth annual exercise, Spiral I, incorporates more than 60 technologies in various stages of development, including Nett Warrior, unmanned aircraft and robotic ground vehicles, all of which are designed to help soldiers do one thing: perform their missions more effectively.

November 5, 2013
By Henry S. Kenyon

A new government-run competition seeks to advance the boundaries of computer network analysis and defense by developing autonomous cyberdefense capabilities, which combine the speed and scale of automation with reasoning abilities that exceed what human experts can do.