Mystery of the Honeybees Solved

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Members of a joint United States Army-University of Montana research team that located a virus that is possibly collapsing honeybee colonies.

It has been one of the great murder mysteries of the garden: what is killing off the honeybees?

Since 2006, 20 to 40 percent of the bee colonies in the United States alone have suffered “colony collapse.” Suspected culprits ranged from pesticides to genetically modified food.

 

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Blast-Proof Your Walls With The X-Flex Wallpaper

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Think prayer is all you can do to keep your home safe in the middle of a warzone?  With the X-Flex bomb-surviving wallpaper, you just might have another line of defense.  It’s not exactly salvation, but it could help keep your fortress intact for just a little while longer.

Invented by Berry Plastics in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the life-saving wallpaper can help keep your walls intact even after being hit by blasts.  A video on the PopSci website (link below) even shows it tested against a wrecking ball swinging its weight onto a wall at maximum velocity. The wall survived, albeit with obvious signs of damage…

 

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Smart Rifle That Fires Radio-Controlled Bullets

Smart Rifle:  Fires Radio-Controlled Bullets

The XM25 rifle is being developed for the US army.  

A rifle is being developed that will fire radio-controlled ‘smart’ bullets that will target enemies no matter where they hide.

The XM25 rifle uses bullets that explode when they have travelled the set distance showering the people below. Soldiers will be able to use them to target snipers hidden in trenches rather than calling in air strikes.

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How Future Computer Games Will Simulate Real Smells Of War

How Future Computer Games Will Simulate Real Smells Of War

Jars holding the aromas. Realistic smells could soon be added to video games.  

It is one of the most memorable lines in movie history. As the air around him is rent by explosions and the whiz of bullets, Colonel Kilgore stands nonchalantly with hands on hips, sniffs the acrid breeze and declares: ‘I love the smell of napalm in the morning.’
 

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Helmet Patch To Measure Soldier’s Exposure To Explosions

Helmet Patch To Measure Soldier’s Exposure To Explosions 

The Palo Alto Research Center is using ink-jet printing technology to develop a disposable patch that can be worn on a soldier’s helmet for seven days to measure his or her exposure to blasts. 

Researchers are developing a cheap, lightweight plastic strip that can be worn on a soldier’s helmet to help diagnose brain injury.

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U.S. Military Working On Creating “Thought Helmets”

U.S. Military Working On Creating “Thought Helmets” 

From the “how the hell did we miss this” department comes word that the U.S. military is hard at work creating “thought helmets” for its soldiers. If fully realized, this mind-interfacing piece of gear would allow for what plebeians would call magic, and Arthur C. Clark would call basic telepathy. The “good” news is the Army believes telepathic communication between soldiers in the field is entirely possible, some day. The bad news is that “some day” is decades away for this incredibly ambitious plan-this ain’t no video game controller, folks.

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