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Attacking Enemies With the Blink of an Eye

Thanks to a revolutionary new helmet, fighter pilots will be able to shoot down planes simply by looking at their enemies.

The Helmet Mounted Display (HMD), designed by BAE Systems for the Eurofighter Typhoon, has the ability to look at multiple targets, lock-on to them, and then prioritize them by voice-command. The pilot can even do this when looking at targets over the shoulder, or when an aircraft is directly underneath the Typhoon.

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Google Wants Your Science Project

Did you make a really cool science project this year? If not, would you like to? Google certainly hopes so.

This year Google, in partnership with Lego, CERN, National Geographic and Scientific American, is hosting their first global online science fair.

When: Entries are due by 1:59:59 PM EST on Thursday, 7 April, 2011. Register online here.

Who: Registration is open to anyone worldwide aged 13-18.

What: The Grand Prize winner (or winning team) will receive an incredible 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands, along with $50,000 to be used towards the winners’ education. They will also have their choice of internship opportunities with each sponsoring company.

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Shipboard Lasers to Ward Off Pirates

Even though the laser is now over 50 years old, its technology and applications continue to advance and grow. Now we can add a new item to the laser’s already impressive list of accomplishments: warding off pirates.

Over the past few years piracy has been on the rise, with 430 attacks reported in 2010. These attacks, which mostly happen between the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, as well as off the coast of Somalia, cost the United States an estimated $13-$16 billion annually.

To combat the growing piracy threat, defense technology company BAE Systems has developed a system to help ships detect and deter potential attacks. A laser is mounted to the side of the vessel, allowing crew members to shine a three-foot-wide bright green beam over dangerous waters, temporarily blinding and disorienting pirates up to a mile away.

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Video Series: Sustainability Workshop from Autodesk

Want to know more about how green design works, from an initial idea to a finished product? Are you curious as to why modern bicycles look so different from those built 200 years ago?

If so, we invite you to check out the Sustainability Workshop video series from Autodesk, an eGFI sponsor. Using animated drawings and real-world examples, these films explain essential concepts for every budding engineer.

Watch the complete series after the jump.

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NASA Technology Helps Tame Bad Hair

Can rocket science help eliminate bad hair days?

As anyone with a decent amount of hair on his or her head can attest, waking up to a mop of messy locks can be frustrating and time-consuming.

That’s why Procter & Gamble, the makers of Pantene hair products, has tapped NASA technology to try to bring a permanent end to bad hair days.

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