Category: Biotechnology

Biologists Develop Rad Plan to Test Protective Suits

Necessity is the mother of invention. When the U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) School’s Joint Experimentation and Analysis Division (JEAD) needed to find a way to get more mileage out of the expensive protective suits worn by Army civil support teams in radiological environments, they looked for answers from what seemed like a peculiar source – a team of biologists in the Utah desert. Continue reading “Biologists Develop Rad Plan to Test Protective Suits”

U.S. Army Scientist Focuses on Biomass-to-Energy Research

Generating a constant source of energy to power devices remains a top priority for Soldiers in the field. U.S. Army research on transforming native, ubiquitous vegetation into a reliable, small-scale fuel source could help reduce the volume of energy supplies Soldiers have to carry, such as batteries and electric generators. Continue reading “U.S. Army Scientist Focuses on Biomass-to-Energy Research”

U.S. Army Project May Lead to New Class of High-Performance Materials

Synthetic biologists working on a U.S. Army project have developed a process that could lead to a new class of synthetic polymers that may create new high-performance materials and therapeutics for Soldiers. Continue reading “U.S. Army Project May Lead to New Class of High-Performance Materials”

USAF Research Laboratory Tests New Wireless High-Noise Filtering Stethoscope

In an environment such as a hospital or doctor’s office, noise isn’t a concern; a basic stethoscope will work. But when military members are injured downrange, their first “hospital” is in the middle of a field or inside of a very loud cargo plane such as a C-130 or C-17—while it’s up in the air. Continue reading “USAF Research Laboratory Tests New Wireless High-Noise Filtering Stethoscope”

Raytheon Developing Microscopic Bomb Detector

Raytheon is using synthetic biology science to create a new method for detecting buried explosives, using bacteria as sensors. Continue reading “Raytheon Developing Microscopic Bomb Detector”

Engineered Viruses Could Protect Soldiers, Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a one of the world’s most pressing public health problems. U.S Army scientists have developed a new weapon to combat super-bugs, which could protect Soldiers and fight resistance. Continue reading “Engineered Viruses Could Protect Soldiers, Fight Antibiotic Resistance”

A Dose of Inner Strength to Survive and Recover from Potentially Lethal Health Threats

Breakthroughs in the science of programmable gene expression inspired U.S’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to establish the PReemptive Expression of Protective Alleles and Response Elements (PREPARE) program with the goal of delivering powerful new defenses against public health and national security threats.

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U.S. Army Scientists Explore Synthetic Biology Potential

U.S. Army scientists are researching and modeling potential technology solutions using what’s known as synthetic biology to build artificial biological systems for research, engineering and medical applications. Continue reading “U.S. Army Scientists Explore Synthetic Biology Potential”

Moonshot: Spy Corn, A New Way To Tell When Danger Is In The Air

In the same spirit that drove the engineers of the Apollo 11 mission to accomplish what had seemed impossible, Raytheon’s innovators are working on world-changing technologies that push the limits of what people can do.

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French Engineers Develop High-Tech Contact Lens With Flexible Micro Battery

French engineering school IMT Atlantique has created the first autonomous contact lens incorporating a flexible micro-battery.

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