Posts Tagged ‘Military’

With the end of the year fast approaching and the belief that the end of the world will happen tomorrow, its easy to overlook some awesome things that have happened this year. All over the world this year has been an awesome year for Science. Here we will run down some of the most amazing things to happen this year in Science and Technology.  Everyone knows about events like Curiosity landing Mars but there are many other cool things that didn’t get that kind of press, so in no particular order, here are 18 awesome things that have happened in science and technology in 2012 you might not have heard of. While it may not be flying cars or hover boards, it is pretty awesome.

Jan Scheuermann feeding herself with her robotic arm

Jan Scheuermann feeding herself with her robotic arm

1. A quadriplegic woman can now use her mind to control a robotic arm. We did more of a full story on this in our article Robotic Replacement Limbs – Science Fiction Comes to Life (video at the bottom of the article). Her story is amazing, paralyzed 13 years ago from the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis, she is able to perform task such as feeding herself after a revolutionary surgery to implant 2 – 96 channel intracortical implants into the motor cortex of her brain.

Genetically modified silk stronger than steel

Genetically modified silk stronger than steel

2. At the University of Wyoming, scientists have modified a group of silkworms to produce silk that is, weight for weight, stronger than steel. Several different groups hope to benefit from the use of the super-strength silk, including stronger sutures for the medical community, a biodegradable alternative to plastics, and even possibilities of lightweight armor for military purposes. The uses of super strong, exceptionally lightweight material will be vast.

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Gun Collection

Gun Collection

If you are one of those people posting about how “it has nothing to do with guns”, “this wouldn’t happen if we had more guns”, or “gun control caused this shooting” while at the same time posting “my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Newtown shooting” or something similar. This is aimed heavily at you and for the rest of the people this is meant to serve as an informational post. Please read this with an open mind. The suggestions in the post are easy to understand and fairly easily implemented.

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As We Prepare to Give Thanks….

U.S. Army Soldiers eat their Thanksgiving meal...

U.S. Army Soldiers eat their Thanksgiving meal on Combat Outpost Cherkatah, Khowst province, Afghanistan, Nov. 26, 2009. The Soldiers are deployed with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment.U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith See more at http://www.army.mil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the day before Thanksgiving, some of us are scurrying to complete travel.

Some of us are preparing the meal that is to come, and others, God bless their hearts and lives, are face to face with conflict, overseas, performing a vital duty for their country.

Agree or disagree with the policies that put them there, they are a fine example of this nation’s best.

May they be safe for this Thanksgiving, and home safe and sound, as soon as is possible.

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