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Beat the Harsh Afghan WinterTM in Style

Keeping warm in cold conditions has been a problem for troops since, well, since there have been troops. The DoD Transformation site has the scoop…


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Grow Your Own Limbs?

We’ve all seen the pictures, at least: soldiers and marines coming home with legs and arms gone. It’s a long shot, but maybe this could…


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Prosthetic Prof Climbs New Heights

I went to Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards last night with pretty low motives: a chance to schmooze with some of the editors who pay my…


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Hear This — or Better Yet, Don’t

War is hell — on your ears. Everything is a combat zone is death metal loud, from the props on the transport plane that takes…


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It’s Just A Box

It’s one of those things that you scratch your head about and ask, what, no one thought of this before? Issue – keeping units of…


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GPS JUMPERS

He spent way, waytoo much time watching an awful, sports-themed porno called Blowin’ the Whistle. But my college housemate Chris will be forever rad in…


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REPLACEMENT ARM, GOOD AS NEW

Thought-controlled robotic limbs were only the beginning. Scientists have had a string of remarkable successes lately, taking signals from the brains of monkeys and men,…


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ROBODOC GETS PENTAGON CASH

For decades, telemedicine guru and former MASH surgeon Dr. Richard Satava has been pushing the Defense Department to fund systems for remote and robotically-controlled operating…


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TOURNIQUETS, AT LAST, FOR G.I.S

“Under pressure from Congress, the Army has decided to quickly dispatch modern tourniquets to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan,” the AP reports. “Thats more than…


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SICK TEST: SNIFF A SOLDIER’S BREATH

Commanders want to know when their soldiers are sick or tired. But, so far, there’s no good, quick, objective test to figure out how they’re…


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ARE YOU HOT OR NOT? PILL GIVES ANSWERS

It can get hot dangerously hot — scrambling across a desert combat zone, or scrimmaging during football’s August preseason. But good luck measuring a sergeant’s…


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BIONIC PROSTHETICS

The MIT News Office (via Near Near Future) reports that “MIT, Brown University and the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center have begun a five-year research…


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DARPA: NO BLOOD? NO PROBLEM!

A while back, I mentioned a Darpa plan to have soldiers survive major injuries — despite losing half or more of their blood. In this…


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NAVY GETS NEW DUDS

After months after the Army rolled out its summer line of fatigues, the Navy is showing off new-fangeled uniforms of its own. The key word…


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GAMERS GET ARMY’S NEW DUDS

Soldiers in the field won’t see the next generation of combat uniforms until 2007, at the earliest. But videogamers can check out the “Future Force…


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“OPERATING ROOM IN A BOX” UNFOLDS

At first, it looks like a normal shipping container. But push a button, and a minute-and-a-half later, out unfolds an operating room, 20 feet long…


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THE POETRY OF AL JAZEERA

A DARPA-backed project is now giving real-time translations of Al Jazeera and other Arabic-language TV channels. But like just about every voice-recognition program, this one…


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“LASER RIFLE” DESIGN A HOAX

It’s the kind of proposal that makes sci-fi dorks (including this one) quiver with anticipation: a 1999 design, found by DefenseReview, for a real-life laser…


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AIR FORCE PROGRAM MAY LET PILOTS SEE IN SANDSTORMS

Nature accomplished earlier this week what Iraq’s Republican Guard could not: Blinding sandstorms paralyzed the American air campaign, grounding helicopters and cutting bombing runs by…