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DARPA's mission is to prevent and create strategic technological surprise by maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military. The Agency sponsors revolutionary, high-payoff research bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use.

Scientists around the world are racing to develop novel approaches to treat and prevent COVID-19. SciLine's next media b...
06/05/2020

Scientists around the world are racing to develop novel approaches to treat and prevent COVID-19. SciLine's next media briefing will cover the status of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development, uses of convalescent plasma, and antiviral drugs. This on-the-record briefing will be accessible via Zoom. Panelists include Dr. Amy Jenkins, (DARPA); and Dr. John Mascola (NIH). Register here: https://www.sciline.org/media-briefings-blog/covid-vaccines

In a Nature Communications paper, @DARPA-funded scientists describe how they drew inspiration from cephalopod skin to en...
06/03/2020

In a Nature Communications paper, @DARPA-funded scientists describe how they drew inspiration from cephalopod skin to endow mammalian cells w/ tunable transparency & light-scattering characteristics. More here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-16151-6 @UCIrvine @AFOSR @UCSD @HamamatsuGer

Researchers associated with the Insect Allies program have developed a CRISPR/dCas9 toolkit for facilitating selection o...
06/01/2020
Multiplexed heritable gene editing using RNA viruses and mobile single guide RNAs

Researchers associated with the Insect Allies program have developed a CRISPR/dCas9 toolkit for facilitating selection of gRNA candidates and functional analysis of trait genes in maize protoplasts and plants. @umncbs @ucdavisbiology Read more here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41477-020-0670-y.

An efficient and multiplexed in planta gene editing approach is developed by infecting Cas9 transgenic plants with an RNA virus that expresses single guide RNAs carrying sequences that confer cell-to-cell mobility.

Two California companies were selected for DARPA’s Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT) program and have begun work to...
06/01/2020

Two California companies were selected for DARPA’s Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT) program and have begun work to develop a transportable, tunable source of gamma rays for a host of national security, industrial, and medical applications: https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2020-05-29

DARPA today announced the research teams selected to its AISS program. AISS aims to automate the process of incorporatin...
05/28/2020

DARPA today announced the research teams selected to its AISS program. AISS aims to automate the process of incorporating scalable defense mechanisms into chip designs, while allowing designers to explore chip economics versus security trade-offs based on the expected application and intent while maximizing designer productivity. Researchers from Northrop Grumman, Synopsys, Arm, IBM, and several other organizations and academic institutions will take on AISS’ technical challenges. Learn more: https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2020-05-27

05/26/2020

New content is up to prepare for the #SubTChallenge Virtual Cave Circuit, including new practice worlds and robot model capabilities. Learn more: https://subtchallenge.world

In the latest "Voices from DARPA" podcast, program manager Mark Wrobel talks about how SIGMA+, a program he oversees, co...
05/21/2020

In the latest "Voices from DARPA" podcast, program manager Mark Wrobel talks about how SIGMA+, a program he oversees, could become part of the way we manage life in the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. https://www.darpa.mil/about-us/podcast

@JimLangevin and @RepStefanik note in an op-ed today in @thehill "DARPA’s investments in biotechnology and pandemic prep...
05/21/2020
The certainty of the unknown — why increased federal investment in science and technology is a necessity

@JimLangevin and @RepStefanik note in an op-ed today in @thehill "DARPA’s investments in biotechnology and pandemic preparedness over the last decade have given us our best chance at developing a rapid testing and treatment capability for COVID-19." https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/498891-the-certainty-of-the-unknown

While we do not yet know the full impact of the current pandemic or when life will return to normal, it is unquestionable that the impact to our country, and indeed the world, would be more severe without the contributions of DARPA and our government science and technology agencies. Every dollar we....

A flow-chemistry system developed by SRI under DARPA's Make-It program is being teamed with AI to speed up discovery and...
05/20/2020
SRI and Exscientia partner on AI-assisted cancer drug discovery

A flow-chemistry system developed by SRI under DARPA's Make-It program is being teamed with AI to speed up discovery and production of new drugs to fight cancer. Read more here: https://cendigitalmagazine.acs.org/2020/05/09/sri-and-exscientia-partner-on-ai-assisted-cancer-drug-discovery-2/content.html

The flow synthesis module of SRI's system can prepare molecules at the gram scale based on AI-planned routes. SRI International A new partnership aims to design and synthesize oncology drugs using artificial intelligence (AI). Exscie.

Before DARPA's support in 2011, the concept of engineering vaccines into DNA strands was at the edge of science. Now, ma...
05/19/2020
Council Post: Technology In A Time Of Crisis: How DARPA And AI Are Shaping The Future

Before DARPA's support in 2011, the concept of engineering vaccines into DNA strands was at the edge of science. Now, many vaccines are using the novel approach, including Moderna, the first to enter human trials, and Inovio, entering trials this summer. ow.ly/im4D50zKkUr

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are experiencing a call to mobilization that will forever alter the fabric of discovery in the fields of bioengineering, biomimicry and artificial intelligence.

In the latest "Voices from DARPA" podcast, hear BTO program manager Eric Van Gieson talk about new ways to detect the co...
05/14/2020

In the latest "Voices from DARPA" podcast, hear BTO program manager Eric Van Gieson talk about new ways to detect the coronavirus, protect warfighters with synthetic biology, and potentially treat diseases without medicine or surgery. https://www.darpa.mil/about-us/podcast

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05/14/2020

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05/14/2020

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05/13/2020

Nine teams were selected for our Gamebreaker AI effort, which seeks to apply AI to existing open-world video games to assess and affect game balance. If successful, the AI could be used in DoD simulated wargames to create imbalance over an adversary. http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2020-05-13

We've selected 7 teams for a program to advance quantum computing. Researchers will leverage intermediate-scale quantum ...
05/11/2020

We've selected 7 teams for a program to advance quantum computing. Researchers will leverage intermediate-scale quantum devices and classical computing in a hybrid effort to solve a challenging type of problem called combinatorial optimization:
http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2020-05-11a

DARPA's Blackjack program targets first risk reduction flights later this year and 2021 to prepare for full demonstratio...
05/11/2020

DARPA's Blackjack program targets first risk reduction flights later this year and 2021 to prepare for full demonstration: https://go.usa.gov/xvsdt

Calling all microelectronics enthusiasts! Join us 5/21 for a virtual workshop hosted by @Arm on an ultra-low power proce...
05/07/2020

Calling all microelectronics enthusiasts! Join us 5/21 for a virtual workshop hosted by @Arm on an ultra-low power processor developed on our N-ZERO program. With a shutdown power of 10 nanowatts, the M0N0 processor is a viable technology for missions with long lifetimes, and apps like untethered systems and IoT. Register today: https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/m0n0-subthreshold-ultra-low-power-processor-workshop

Privacy is a concern for many mobile users. Today, researchers led by @RaytheonTech & @TwoSixLabs on our Brandeis progra...
05/06/2020

Privacy is a concern for many mobile users. Today, researchers led by @RaytheonTech & @TwoSixLabs on our Brandeis program open sourced tools that make it easier for developers & researchers to employ enhanced privacy tech within @Android apps. http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2020-05-06

Our Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring Discover DSO Day (D3) via webinar June 24-25, 2020, to inform potential ...
05/05/2020

Our Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring Discover DSO Day (D3) via webinar June 24-25, 2020, to inform potential proposers about the scientific and technical research areas of interest to DSO. Find out more about the event here: http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2020-05-04

DARPA researchers have developed a blood-based test to detect COVID-19 as early as 24 hrs after infection -- before symp...
05/01/2020

DARPA researchers have developed a blood-based test to detect COVID-19 as early as 24 hrs after infection -- before symptom onset and several days before a carrier is considered capable of spreading it to other people. http://ow.ly/WAst50zusih @fluidigm @IcahnMountSinai @unmc

DARPA-funded researchers led by Dr. Nevan Krogan (UCSF’s Quantitative Biosciences Institute and Gladstone Institutes) al...
04/30/2020

DARPA-funded researchers led by Dr. Nevan Krogan (UCSF’s Quantitative Biosciences Institute and Gladstone Institutes) along with collaborators at UCSF, Mount Sinai and Institut Pasteur, published new peer-reviewed data demonstrating several compounds may be effective in controlling SARS-CoV-2 replication while other common over-the-counter medication promotes viral infection and, therefore, should be avoided until further studies are conducted.

Due to COVID-19, DARPA's AlphaDogfight Trials Finals have been rescheduled for Aug. 17-20 at AFWERX in Las Vegas. Check ...
04/28/2020

Due to COVID-19, DARPA's AlphaDogfight Trials Finals have been rescheduled for Aug. 17-20 at AFWERX in Las Vegas. Check out recap videos from Trials 1 & 2 @JHUAPL, which highlight how quickly AI algorithms are advancing to perform aerial dogfighting: https://go.usa.gov/xvEYx

04/28/2020
Pentagon's DARPA races to find "temporary fix" to COVID-19

CBS's Catherine Herridge talks to Dr. Amy Jenkins regarding DARPA efforts to create a firebreak against COVID-19 in order to buy time for longer-term medical responses to be developed and deployed. @VUMChealth, @AbCelleraBio,@DukeU @AstraZeneca
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/pentagons-darpa-races-to-find-temporary-fix-to-covid-19/

A Pentagon agency known as DARPA is hunting for the three most potent antibodies to combat COVID-19. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency set an ambitious goal three years ago, to stop a disease outbreak in just 60 days. Catherine Herridge goes inside the innovative agency as they ready for...

Last week, U.S. Space Force announced it will deploy the DARPA-developed Space Surveillance Telescope in Australia. SST ...
04/27/2020
U.S. Space Force deploying surveillance telescope in Australia - SpaceNews.com

Last week, U.S. Space Force announced it will deploy the DARPA-developed Space Surveillance Telescope in Australia. SST includes breakthroughs in camera technology and image analysis that will enable much faster discovery of small space objects out to GEO. https://spacenews.com/u-s-space-force-deploying-surveillance-telescope-in-australia/

The telescope was designed to track and identify debris and satellites more than 22,000 miles above Earth.

Accelerating the discovery of medicinal molecules and devising tabletop devices to make them when and where they are nee...
04/22/2020

Accelerating the discovery of medicinal molecules and devising tabletop devices to make them when and where they are needed are among the ways DARPA program managers are taking on COVID-19. Hear more in "Voices from DARPA" episode 25: http://www.darpa.mil/about-us/podcast

The #SubTChallenge Cave Circuit will shift from August to no earlier than October due to COVID-19, with new qualificatio...
04/22/2020

The #SubTChallenge Cave Circuit will shift from August to no earlier than October due to COVID-19, with new qualification deadlines to come. The Virtual competition qualification world is now live: https://subtchallenge.world/. Qualification and artifact specification guides also are available on the resources page of https://www.subtchallenge.com/.

OFFSET envisions swarms of 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing insights to units in urban areas where buildin...
04/16/2020

OFFSET envisions swarms of 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing insights to units in urban areas where buildings, tight spaces, and limited sight lines constrain comms/mobility. On Monday, we announced contracts to 9 teams for the 5th swarm sprint: http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2020-04-13

Current airspace planning and control is a largely manual process with static air corridors, lanes, and zones establishe...
04/08/2020

Current airspace planning and control is a largely manual process with static air corridors, lanes, and zones established for de-confliction that don’t allow for rapid re-tasking of air assets. DARPA's ASTARTE program seeks a new way: http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2020-04-07

Bob Kahn and Vinton Cerf's collaboration on developing  communications protocols for sending packets of data across the ...
04/07/2020
Your Internet is working. Thank these Cold War-era pioneers who designed it to handle almost anything

Bob Kahn and Vinton Cerf's collaboration on developing communications protocols for sending packets of data across the ARPANET resulted in TCP/IP, which still girds the Internet’s technical foundation. Read more in the Post: http://ow.ly/Euog50z8378

Credit for the Internet's resiliency in the era of coronavirus should go to the engineers and scientists who for decades worked to create a particular kind of global network — open, efficient, and highly interoperable so anyone could join and nobody needed to be in charge.

Through advances in medical devices and synthetic biology, DARPA’s new ADvanced Acclimation and Protection Tool for Envi...
04/07/2020

Through advances in medical devices and synthetic biology, DARPA’s new ADvanced Acclimation and Protection Tool for Environmental Readiness (ADAPTER) program aims to develop a travel adapter for the human body, an implantable or ingestible bioelectronic carrier that can provide warfighters control over their own physiology. The integrated system will be designed to entrain the sleep cycle – either to a new time zone or back to a normal sleep pattern after night missions – and eliminate bacteria that cause traveler’s diarrhea after ingestion of contaminated food and water. ADAPTER will provide a transient, non-genetic means of extending and enhancing warfighter readiness. https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2020-04-06 #Countemeasures

DARPA-funded engineers at UPenn have developed a new way to suppress phase noise, reducing the line width – or width of ...
04/06/2020

DARPA-funded engineers at UPenn have developed a new way to suppress phase noise, reducing the line width – or width of the spectrum of a light beam – by over 600x, from 200 kHz to 320 Hz. The results, which have positive implications for LIDAR applications, were achieved by using radio frequency (RF) electronics and photonic component integration to measure the phase noise of a laser and then by the application of electronic and photonic feedback. To learn more, check out the recently published paper in Nature Photonics, www.nature.com/articles/s41566-020-0605-1
Image source: @PennEngineers

Three performers are set to begin work on DARPA's Underminer program, which aims to demonstrate tunneling technologies a...
04/01/2020

Three performers are set to begin work on DARPA's Underminer program, which aims to demonstrate tunneling technologies and approaches to provide secure underground resupply as troops move through an area: http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2020-04-01 @SandiaLabs @GEResearch @coschoolofmines

DARPA has long recognized how devastating pandemic diseases like COVID-19 could be and the Agency embraced the attitude ...
03/30/2020

DARPA has long recognized how devastating pandemic diseases like COVID-19 could be and the Agency embraced the attitude that it could do something about this threat. In recent years, the agency has been developing and supporting communities of innovators who are doing the science and applying the lessons they are learning to create a technology platform that stands a chance of this: preventing any outbreak of infectious disease—anywhere and anytime—from growing into a global conflagration like the one we are experiencing right now. In this episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, join a team of program managers in the Agency’s Biological Technologies Office as they explain how they are striving to develop a multi-pronged technology platform that has the potential to render COVID-19 humanity’s last pandemic. https://www.darpa.mil/about-us/podcast

Our Oceans of Things program manager, John Waterston, is hosting a Proposers Day via webinar on April 7 to discuss the A...
03/27/2020

Our Oceans of Things program manager, John Waterston, is hosting a Proposers Day via webinar on April 7 to discuss the Advanced Data Analytics Phase 2 portion of the program. For more information and to register, visit: https://go.usa.gov/xdtv6.

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