high-tech soldiers

Fish Scales Inspire Flexible, Bulletproof Armor for Soldiers, Astronauts

Photo by Shutterstock Bulletproof materials are often rigid and bulky – think how stuffy bulletproof vests must be, but a new material inspired by the fluidity and toughness of…

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$3M Robotic "Trousers" Could Give You Superhuman Strength

Exoskeleton suits currently under development promise mobility for parapalegics, but are bulky, heavy, and overkill for those who just need a little extra help. Harvard has developed a…

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This "Jetpack" Could Help You Run a Mile in 4 Minutes

The world record for running the mile is 3:43:13, but most people can’t even come close to running a mile under four minutes. DARPA, the US Military’s research arm, hopes to…

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U.S. Army Developing 3D-Printed Garments, Gear for Soldiers

Photo by Shutterstock While a lot of thought, design and technology goes into creating soldiers’ uniforms, they still might not fit perfectly and could have an impact on mission…

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Cabela's Color-Changing Camouflage Lets Soldiers Match Surroundings

Camouflage is a big deal when you’re out traipsing through the woods bird watching, or hunting. Year-round hunters likely have a wide variety of styles and colors to match the…

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"Stealth Wear" Keeps You Hidden From Drone, Thermal Surveillance

UNDER COVER Of the three “anti-drone” pieces, two are inspired by Muslim dress. “Conceptually, these garments align themselves with the rationale behind the…

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Next-Generation Camouflage Makeup Shields Soldiers From Bomb Blasts

Photo by Shutterstock Camouflage makeup can do more than hide soldiers from their enemies. Scientists have developed a next-generation face paint that also shields their faces from the…

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U.S. Army Wants Uniforms That Repel Liquids, Dirt, Chemical Threats

Photo by Shutterstock The U.S. military wants to explore the potential of “omniphobic”-treated uniforms that repel liquids and dirt, but not because it wants to do fewer…

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U.S. Military Develops High-Tech Undies to Monitor Soldiers' Vitals

Photos by the U.S. Dept. of Defense Military intelligence just got a whole lot smarter with a new breed of under-armor that monitors soldiers’ vitals during combat. Developed by …

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U.K. Military Developing Solar-Powered Uniforms That Generate Electricity

Scientists across the United Kingdom are working on a solar-powered kit that could lighten the load of soldiers—and, more important, increase their mobility—by up to 50 percent.…

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