Nato is poised to bring down Muammar Gaddafi with Apache helicopters. Helicopters, did you say? How passé, at least compared with the dwarf drones, video monocles, and quantum dots on the Pentagon’s latest wishlist.

From Wired:

Teeny Tiny Drone Fires Teeny Tiny Missile

Never let it be said that small isn’t powerful. A Sonoma County, California, company has just built perhaps the smallest drone that can kill you.

Eye Spy: Monocle Gives Commandos Drone Vision

Commandos used to strap Toughbooks to their chests to watch footage from the drone circling above. Now, the video is beamed straight to their eyes. Spencer Ackerman reports from the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa.

Photo Gallery: Crazy Military Tracking, From Super Scents to Quantum Dots

Scents that make you trackable, indoors and out. Nanocrystals that stick to your body, and light up on night-vision goggles. Miniradar that maps your location on Google Earth. You can run, but you’ll learn it’s hard to hide from a new range of military tech.

Meanwhile, in the world of user-modded games, predictable news from the New York Times:

Bits: Video Game Level Replicates Bin Laden Compound

A game developer has created a replica of Osama bin Laden’s compound for a new level of the first-person shooter video game Counter-Strike.

All the while, graphene gathers hype in its bid to become the Next Big Thing in hardware:

Will Graphene Revolutionize the 21st Century?

An anonymous reader writes “Much has been made of graphene’s potential. It can be used for anything from composite materials – like how carbon-fiber is used currently – to electronics. ‘Our research establishes Graphene as the strongest material ever measured, some 200 times stronger than structural steel,’ mechanical engineering professor James Hone, of Columbia University, said in a statement. If graphene can be compared to the way plastic is used today, everything from crisp packets to clothing could be digitized once the technology is established. The future could see credit cards contain as much processing power as your current smartphone.”

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