The U.S. Navy is still looking for an energy ray to defeat IEDs. However, unlike previous attempts, the new technology they're dreaming of would render the explosives inert, rather than prematurely detonate them.
Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), also often referred to as roadside bombs, have been the deadliest weapon used by anti-U.S. forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The devices prey on the U.S. military's dependence on roads for logistics; they target supply convoys and patrols alike. Unfortunately, many of these mines can't distinguish between U.S. Marines in a Humvee and an Iraqi or Afghan family in an Opel, leading to many civilian deaths as well.
A strange new study found that people who rated high in self-control made good choices among an array of relatively healthy foods -- until a much healthier option was thrown into the mix, at which point self-control seemed to go out the window.
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August 15, 2008— The first time Army Specialist Frederick Hussey "got blown up in Iraq," as he says, was on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006. Hussey was five months into his yearlong deployment as an infantry medic when a cluster of anti-tank explosives jolted his Humvee off the road some 50 miles south of Baghdad. The blast filled the cabin with acrid black smoke, but Hussey was able to jerk the wheel back and steer the truck to safety. "Everybody ended up being OK with that one," Hussey says. "You know—shook up and all, but there was no loss of life.
A new color-changing badge may help medics determine the severity of brain trauma in soldiers exposed to bomb blasts
By Megan MillerPosted 08.07.2008 at 6:24 pm 3 Comments
The September Popular Science feature "Shock to the System" (on newsstands next week), discusses the hidden danger of brain trauma faced by soldiers exposed to bomb blasts. The article reveals that one in five American soldiers serving in Iraq may be suffering from a brain injury—not from direct contact with explosions, but from the effects of bomb blast waves that can cause life-threatening damage at the cellular level, even from distances previously considered safe.
Scientists are working on a device that will quickly assess whether a soldier has incurred a serious brain injury
By Gregory MonePosted 04.18.2008 at 11:37 am 0 Comments
As many as 320,000 U.S. troops may have sustained brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet less than half of them were evaluated by doctors. But now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Pentagon is funding a project to develop a device that would do on-site testing for brain trauma, and be tough enough to hold up in a war zone.
The gadget, which is being developed by neurosurgeon Jamshid Ghajar and his team at Weill Cornell Medical College, will use eye-tracking technology to measure the brain's health.
With a shift of its wing, the Pentagonâ€™s next attack drone goes from long-range endurance flyer to Mach-speed assassin
By Noah ShachtmanPosted 07.01.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
For years, the U.S. military has wanted a plane that could loiter just outside enemy territory for more than a dozen hours and, on command, hurtle toward a target faster than the speed of sound. And then level it. But aircraft that excel at subsonic flight are inefficient at Mach speeds, and vice versa. The answer is Switchblade, an unmanned, shape-changing plane concept under development by Northrop Grumman.
A new powder made from shrimp stops serious bleeding-fast
By Monica KhemsurovPosted 07.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
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When it comes to war wounds, red is dead. Stop the bleeding, and you save the soldier. It´s a simple idea that´s driving a budding industry for fast-acting blood-clotting agents.
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield.
One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
By Noah Shachtman, with reporting in Iraq by David AxePosted 06.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The mission changes for Charlie Company seconds after the soldiers roll off the base. The dreary night patrol around Balad, a shambling Shi'ite town in north-central Iraq, has just been canceled. It's time instead to hightail it west, to the Sunni neighborhood of Ad Duluiyah. "Alpha Company is taking direct fire," a voice crackles over the radio in First Lt. Brian Feldmayer's Humvee. "I need you to expedite."