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How missiles got smart

Projecting the evolution of the projectile
F-35A

Lockheed Martin's F-35A.

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umans have been ­hurling projectiles at one another—with varying degrees of accuracy—since we developed opposable thumbs. But it was only in the past 100-odd years that we created missiles that can steer themselves. We spent the past century of trial and error in

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