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July 31, 2015

Insert ‘War of Fog’ Joke Here

In Neal Stephenson’s nanotech-oriented novel The Diamond Age, microscopic “mite” robots are everywhere, sometimes forming clouds and waging war among themselves. That 1995 book was set in a relatively distant future; in 2014, the scale of warfare involving clouds isn’t quite so tiny.

The Navy’s version is a carbon-fiber fog “that can soak up radar signals and prevent an incoming missile from finding its target,” according to DefenseSystems. The 7th Fleet tested the technology, called “maritime obscurant generator prototypes” last week in Guam, the Pentagon says.

The brass are calling the project “Pandarra Fog.” For what it’s worth, Google translates “pandarra” as a Basque word meaning “pandark.”

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