U.S. military

Squid-Inspired Fabrics Repair Themselves, Neutralize Toxins

Photo by Scubagirl85/Wikimedia Commons Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a way for fabrics to repair themselves with just a little pressure and warm water. The…

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U.S. Army Testing Body Armor Made With Genetically Engineered Silk

Photo by Sony Pictures “Dragon Silk,” a form of spider silk spun by genetically engineered silkworms, may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but it could hold a very…

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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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$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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March On! Kinetic Military Boots Generate Power With Each Step

Hop, skip, jump, march, dance, run or hike – keep at it for an hour while wearing these kinetic boots and you’ll be able to generate enough power to charge up your…

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Levi's Debuts Trucker Jacket Made in the U.S.A. From Recycled Parachutes

Levi Strauss is moving its “Waste&ltLess” line of apparel beyond recycled plastic bottles. The jean juggernaut unveiled Wednesday a version of its classic trucker…

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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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U.S. Military, USDA Exploring Eco-Friendlier Insect-Protective Gear

Photo by Shutterstock The US Department of Agriculture is at war – with insects and it’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Maryland is working hard to provide troops…

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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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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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Harvard Scientists to Build Endurance-Prolonging Smart Suit for DARPA

Is this what they have in mind? It may not quite be the Batsuit, but Harvard engineers are working on a “novel wearable system” that could prolong the physical endurance of…

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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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