DARPA TAKES IT TO THE STREETS

Darpa, the Pentagon's way-out research arm, is known for projects that border on science fiction. But Tuesday, at the start of its three-day, 2,200-person conference, agency officials were sounding downright practical. For them, at least.In addition to their usual pie-in-the-sky fare -- satellites that build themselves, jets that change shape on command -- they introduced a new thrust: helping soldiers in urban combat zones like Tikrit and Baghdad.My Wired News article has details. And my DarpaTech roommate, Phil Carter, wraps up some of the show's gee-whiz gadgetry for Slate.

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