March 15th, 2002

squeek, boo, go for the eyes

interesting and yet disturbing

Army selects MIT for $50 million institute to use nanomaterials to clothe, equip soldiers

"CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The United States Army has selected MIT to create lightweight molecular materials to equip foot soldiers of the future with uniforms and gear that can heal them, shield them and protect them against chemical and biological warfare....

....These researchers will develop ideas such as a uniform that is nearly invisible, soft clothing that can become a rigid cast when a soldier breaks his or her leg, and paper-weight chainmail made of molecular materials."

Read the full article from the MIT website.

Personally, I find it very interesting as a sci-fi fan but the thought of government agencies having access to a suit that's nearly invisible... well, that's just way too disturbing for me.
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something I would expect from a state run by a Bush

"Steven Miles has tooled around Gainesville for 16 years with a license plate that says "ATHEIST."

To Miles, it is a form of self-expression, one he is happy to spend a few extra dollars every year to keep.

But to the state of Florida, the tag is "obscene or objectionable," according to a letter Miles received last month from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. That puts the personalized plate on the department's blacklist, right up there with epithets, expletives and words describing certain body parts."

Read more at St. Petersburg Times Online.

Link from Metafilter
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