This Powerful Timelapse Transformation Of A Homeless Veteran Will Open Your Eyes And Touch Your Heart
Taiwan’s Special Forces just showed off its new uniforms and they’re totally stepping toward a Star Wars/Stormtroopers future. The gear is impressive: bulletproof masks, all-black duds and enough intimidation to win any war before the war even starts.
Women in all branches of the military soon will have unprecedented opportunities to serve on the front lines of the nation’s wars.
Leon Panetta, in one of his last acts as President Obama’s defense secretary, is preparing to announce the policy change, which would open hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday.
The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta’s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.
"This policy change will initiate a process whereby the services will develop plans to implement this decision, which was made by the secretary of defense upon the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," a senior defense official told reporters on condition of anonymity.
Some front-line military roles may open to women as soon as this year. Assessments for others, such as special operations forces, including Navy SEALS and the Army’s Delta Force, may take longer.
A defense official told the Associated Press that the military chiefs must report back to Panetta with their initial implementation plans by May 15. The announcement on Panetta’s decision is not expected until Thursday, so the official spoke on condition of anonymity.
Panetta’s move expands the Pentagon’s action nearly a year ago to open about 14,500 combat positions to women, nearly all of them in the Army. This decision could open more than 230,000 jobs, many in Army and Marine infantry units, to women.
In recent years the necessities of war propelled women into jobs as medics, military police and intelligence officers that were sometimes attached — but not formally assigned — to units on the front lines.
Women comprise 14 percent of the 1.4 million active military personnel.
Panetta is preparing to step down as Obama begins his second term, with former Sen. Charles Hagel nominated to take Panetta’s place.
Watch a 1963 video of British soldiers conducting a military exercise after dropping acid
Back during the Cold War, the military wanted to find out if LSD could be used to incapacitate enemy forces. So they administered the drug to unsuspecting British soldiers, and sent the squaddies off to perform their duties. This short video, which is as hilarious as it is disturbing, chronicles the British soldiers’ hapless attempt to complete a military exercise while completely tripping balls.
The British weren’t the only country to conduct such experiments. Back during the 1950s, the U.S. Army conducted experiments with soldier volunteers at its Edgewood, MD arsenal. These experiments lasted until 1972, in which soldiers were given synthetic marijuana, LSD and two dozen other psychoactive drugs — all with the intent of developing chemical weapons to debilitate enemy soldiers.
Wonder how many of these soliders went on to become hippies.
I hate batteries. I thought once I outgrew remote control cars I wouldn’t have to worry about them much anymore, but nope, everything has to wireless these days, which means piles of batteries all over the house and a charger constantly on the go. Anything that improves stupid, crappy batteries even a little bit is greatnews in my eyes.
So yeah, I’m excited to report that scientists have made a big breakthrough in battery technology. Up until now a single cell battery couldn’t produce more than 4 volts. Just couldn’t do it — until now that is. Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Lab have devised a way to get 5 volts out of a single cell battery.
That may not sound like a big deal, but it’s basically the biggest advance in battery technology since batteries were invented. It’ll mean longer lasting, smaller, lighter batteries. Hopefully it’ll eventually mean the end of the ol’ AA battery because I barely stand to look at the damn things anymore.
The AK-47 has been one of the most widely-used weapons in the world since its inception in the 1940’s. However, as the battlefield of the 21st century demands ever-greater degrees of accuracy, the Kalashnikov’s 350m range is no longer effective. That’s why Russia is giving the “world’s most dangerous weapon” a deadly new makeover.
"With demands for precision and engagement range on the rise, a new weapon must replace the Kalashnikov in the very near future," Ruslan Pukhov, the director of a Moscow-based defense consortium, told Reuters. To that end, Dmitry Rogozin, the deputy prime minister and head of the Defense Ministry, hopes to have the AK-47 retooled as part of Russia’s 20 trillion-rouble modernization effort. The new iteration will reportedly feature a detachable scope and light when it’s deployed sometime before 2020.
"We are planning deep modernization of the Kalashnikov assault rifle," said Mr Rogozin, "This will be a weapon with detachable equipment, such as an optical sight and a lamp." The Russian military has already scrapped purchases of the AK-74, a less-than-stellar update for the original design which debuted in the 70’s—essentially the Vista of assault rifles.
Russian forces can also look forward to a replacement for the equally-old Makarov pistol by year’s end. Man, playing Goldeneye will never be the same. [Telegraph]
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A replacement limb that moves, feels and responds just like flesh and blood. It’s the holy grail of prosthetics research. The Pentagon’s invested millions to make it happen. But it’s been elusive - until, quite possibly, now.
The body’s own nerves are arguably the biggest barrier towards turning the dream of lifelike replacements into a reality. Peripheral nerves, severed by amputation, can no longer transmit or receive any of the myriad sensory signals we rely on every day. Trying to fuse them with robot limbs, to create a direct neural-prosthetic interface, is no easy task.
But now a team of scientists believe they’ve overcome that massive barrier. Their research is still in the early stages. But if successful, it’d yield artificial arms and legs that can move with agility; discern hot from lukewarm from freezing; and restore even the subtlest sensations of touch.
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If you’re like most people, photography boils down to automatic mode paired with luck. Not for US Army officer Alex Jansen, who wrote up a massive guide to crisp low-light photography based on “the four fundamentals of marksmanship. Snap, headshot.
Separated into several sections depending on circumstance—though none for suppressing enemy fire—Jansen walks you through “Hand, Elbow, and Standing Positions,” “Kneeling and Sitting Positions,” “Bracing Techniques,” and “Breathing Control.” For example:
If there is a vertical column, fence post, or simply the end of the wall (to include door frames, like the one picture below), you can hook your elbow on the edge of it. Here I am shooting through a doorway and having my elbow stabilize my entire body. Is it perfect? No, of course not, just like none of these are. But it will help if it is the only solution available to you.
If possible, it will even help to put the corner of the wall, fence post, whatever, in your armpit and squeeze, making a sort of hasty vice.
The guide is exhaustive, visual, and I applaud Jansen for his willingness to be both a military man and a dude willing to have himself photographed with his ass sticking out in such a sassy manner. [Pentax Forums via PetaPixel]