military uniforms

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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U.S. Navy Could Soon Use Sound Waves to "Weld" Its Uniforms

Photo by Glynnis Jones/Shutterstock The U.S. Navy could soon be welding more than ships. The Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility, together with Rhode Island-based firm Propel,…

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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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Top 7 Wearable Technology Concepts of 2012 (Vote for the Coolest!)

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Real-Life Invisibility Cloak Claims to Make Soldiers Virtually Undetectable

A Canadian camouflage-design company claims to be developing a real-life invisibility cloak that causes its wearer to vanish in plain sight. Likening its “Quantum Stealth”…

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Agilite's Rescue Harness Lets You Carry an Injured Friend Like a Backpack

The military may live by the expression “no man left behind,” but extracting injured troops from war zones is often easier said than done. An Israeli-U.S. company known as…

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Mantis Shrimp Inspires Lighter, Stronger Military Body Armor

Photo by Shutterstock With its technicolor carapace and bug-eyed expression, the mantis shrimp could pass for a character in a Disney movie. Don’t underestimate its appearance,…

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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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