New Nanofiber Is Tougher Than Kevlar and Stretches 7 Times Its Length

NewNanoFiberBullet-proof protection may be about to get more bullet proof. A team of researchers has created a new kind of nanofiber that can extend to seven times its original length—and is tougher than kevlar, too.

Scientists at UT Dallas have created a new kind of fiber which makes use of its electromechanical properties to absorb energy. While Kevlar can absorb up to 80 joules per gram before it breaks, the new material can handle up to 98 joules per gram. That could make it extremely useful in applications like military vehicles and body armor. Read More | Related Story

Boeing Applies for Sci-Fi Force Field Technology Patent

BoeingForceFieldAerospace pioneer Boeing has applied for its newest patent – and this one is straight from your favorite science fiction film or the pages of your favorite sci-fi novel: force field technology.

Boeing, which is routinely on the cutting edge of defense and aircraft technologies, recently submitted a patent for a device that could possibly prevent impact damage to targets near an explosion.

The patent, which refers to a “method and system for shock wave attenuation” through the use of an electromagnetic arc, won’t protect from direct hits, but the force field technology could mitigate damage and injury. Read More

Jailed DHB Founder Sues Atty In $246M Malpractice Suit

BrooksLaw360, Los Angeles — The jailed founder of DHB Industries Inc. has filed a $246 million lawsuit in New York court against his former counsel, accusing attorney Richard Levitt and his firm of legal malpractice in connection with the defense of his insider trading and fraud case.

David H. Brooks, who is serving a 17-year federal prison sentence for various securities violations, says in a Feb. 4 complaint that Levitt and his firm, Levitt & Kaizer, provided legal services that “fell well below the applicable standard of care.” Brooks is suing for legal malpractice, breach of contract, and negligence. He seeks repayment of $200… Read More  / Related Story


Bulletproof Laptop Bag Can Stop .44 Magnum Round

You know you’re having a bad day when you wish you had a bulletproof laptop bag – as in proof against actual bullets. One such example of versatile urban luggage is the Savior Multi-Threat Shield (MTS) laptop bag, which unfolds in seconds into a shield that can stop a .44 Magnum round. Read More

Pentagon Buyers May Be Given a Chance to Ditch Some Paperwork

HASC_Seal_copy_400x400.gifHouse Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry envisions a Pentagon with less paper-pushing. He’s preparing to work with his colleagues in Congress and the new Defense secretary, Ashton Carter, to take some of the bureaucracy out of the way the government buys weapons.

Legislation he plans to introduce this week is intended to deploy cutting-edge technology faster and stretch the military’s dollars by revamping the Defense Department’s complex methods for buying weapons, fuel, ammunition, body armor and everything else it provides U.S. troops.

…For technology meant to protect lives, such as body armor, managers would be given the freedom to buy the most advanced technology instead of the one that’s suitable and least expensive. Read More

Massachusetts Bill Would Assist in Blocking Federal Militarization of Local Police

Mass-Contract-Header-4A bill introduced last week in the Massachusetts state House would prohibit state and local police from procuring military equipment from the federal government without a public hearing and local government approval, taking the process out of the hands of law enforcement agencies and placing it under control of the people.

House Bill 2144 (H.2144) was introduced on March 11 by Rep. Mary Keefe (D-Worcester) and 13 co-sponsors. The bill would require local law enforcement agencies to provide notice to its local legislative body before applying for acquisition of military hardware, followed by a mandatory public hearing. Law enforcement would be required to address all questions from officials and residents raised at the hearing in writing. The the legislative body then must conduct a public vote approving the weapons transfer before law enforcement is allowed obtain military hardware. House Bill 2144