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Category archives for Defense

Barricading the Body

If not always wieldy, armor offers great protection against teeth, talons and pincers–not to mention blades, bullets and shrapnel. On Not Exactly Rocket Science, Ed Yong reports that a deep sea snail has evolved one of the toughest shells on the planet, a three-layer system that has scientists rethinking the possibilities of human armor. These…

How accurately can medical professionals distinguish post-traumatic stress disorder from related conditions? Is it better to be safe than sorry, or is overdiagnosis hurting patients rather than helping them? These are some questions that ScienceBlogger and freelance journalist David Dobbs addressed in his article in the April edition of Scientific American, bringing light to data…

When will humans turn over the job of war to robot slaves? According to Peter W Singer, author of the new book Wired for War, it’s happening already. In this week’s Science Saturday, Peter and John Horgan discuss the role of robots in the success of the Iraq surge and whether America is starting to…

What should humanity anticipate from WWIII? To find out, check out the Invitrogen-sponsored ScienceBlog, What’s New in Life Science Research. This week our group of experts and seasoned ScienceBloggers will explore the way biological warfare is developing in our modern world as new technologies emerge—and what we should do to defend ourselves.

Pimp My Tactical Biorefinery!

Researchers at Purdue University have created a portable refinery that converts food, paper and plastic trash into electricity. The prototype biorefinery generates approximately 90 percent more energy than it consumes.