Drone pilots get stress disorders as much as pilots of manned aircraft do

Drone pilots

Researchers with the Defense Department have found in a first of its kind study that pilots of drone aircraft experience mental health problems like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft who are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

 

 

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Neuroscience could assist soldiers in the future

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Neuroscience in future military conflict, on the cutting edge of medical science should remember that their work could have other, more harmful uses.

It sounds like science fiction warfare.  But directed energy weapons that use wave beams to cause pain, and electrical brain stimulation that boosts a soldier’s combat ability are advances in neuroscience are on the horizon.

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Brains of children from violent homes function same as combat soldiers

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Witnessing violence can have a traumatic effect on the brain.

Scientists at the University College of London (UCL) and the Anna Freud Center liken the impact of family violence on the brains of children to the brains of soldiers exposed to combat. Both kinds of combat result in hypersensitivity to danger and put subjects at risk for developing anxiety disorders.

 

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Military dogs suffer PTSD just like humans

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More than 5 percent of the approximately 650 military dogs deployed by American combat forces are developing canine PTSD.

Many soldiers leave the battlefield suffering deeply painful psychological traumas after returning home. And unfortunately, the same pattern of psychic trauma seems to apply for the dogs that help provide essential services for military men and women.

 

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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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Amazing Photo Of Stealth Bomber Approaching Sound Barrier

Amazing Photo Of Stealth Bomber Approaching Sound Barrier 

The blur is a visible condensation cloud that often occurs close to the speed of the sound barrier as the B-2 Spirit bomber breaks the sound barrier during a flight over California.

It looks like a fish out of water – but this airborne killing machine is right at home as it soars above the Californian desert.  This amazing picture is of a U.S. military Stealth Bomber quite literally building up steam as it approaches the sound barrier.

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Mission Seedbomb To Combat Deforestation

Mission Seedbomb To Combat Deforestation

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Legend has it that after the World War II got over, American pilot Gale Halvorson airdropped candies in the name of hope, for the Berlin children. War equals devastation, so dropping candies instead of bombs was probably personal retribution. Inspired by this incident, designer Hwang Jin wook and pals have come up with a plan to combat deforestation and desertification of land in a similar fashion. Their mission is called “Seedbomb.”
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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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Nano-Bandages Used to Stop Severe Bleeding

Nano-Bandages Used to Stop Severe Bleeding

 New gauze material is infused with nanoparticles to quickly stop bleeding

Medical gauze has received its first upgrade since World War I. Chemists have infused it with nanoparticles derived from kaolin clay, which somehow give it an amazing ability to stop severe bleeding. It was developed when the Navy approached a team of inorganic chemists at the University of California Santa Barbara to solve a problem with QuikClot, a zeolite-based hemostatic agent that became way too hot and caused burns when it came in contact with water or blood. While performing blood clotting tests, they realized that kaolin clay, which has been used as a control for clotting experiments since the 1950’s, could also be used as a first aid product.

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