DARPA’s Wound Stasis program launched in 2010 and is bearing impressive fruit. Wound stasis is meant to stanch internal bleeding and would be aided by a new foam that conforms to the victim’s abdominal cavity. Pre-clinical trials showed improved survival rates for lethal liver injuries that are up to three hours old, from 8% to a whopping 72%.
Stabilizing a soldier’s wound in the field delivers such dramatic results because internal bleeding is nearly impossible to stop outside of a major medical facility. This truth is the driving force behind the DoD’s "Golden Hour" concept, which dictates that wounded soldiers should be moved to a treatment facility in under one hour. Besides outright saving lives, the foam’s extension of the Golden Hour, allowing wounded combatants more time to reach adequate treatment, is its principle contribution to soldier safety.
Up to 50% of potentially survivable combat wounds could be impacted by the Wound Stasis foam. It has proven easy for doctors to work with, as well. The foam is removable from a wound by hand, coming loose in a single block and leaving little trace of its presence. DARPA awarded a $15.5 million Phase II contract to the foam’s developer, Arsenal Medical. The next step is prototyping and FDA approval.
DARPA’s mirror-killing membrane could change astronomy, allow total global surveillance 2013 12 06
When it launches in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will let us see deeper into the universe than ever before. Its enormous eye is centered around 18 octagonal mirrors which assemble to form the largest telescope mirror ever built, but someday even the James Webb Telescope (formerly the Next-Gen Space Telescope) will outlive its usefulness — and then what ...
The Nightwatchman: Crime-predicting robot aims to patrol our streets and schools 2013 12 06 Get Ready. They’ll be watching.
These new robots that are an unnerving mix between Star Wars’ R2-D2 and Doctor Who’s Daleks, are being touted as the new way to "monitor, map, and secure" the humans around them.
The robots are purported to replace security guards and watchmen, in a bid to reduce labor costs and streamline surveillance.
A company in California ...
Microsoft’s Smart Bra Will Monitor Mood & Reduce Overeating 2013 12 06 Microsoft is designing a “smart bra” that will monitor women’s health by tracking their heart rate, her emotional state, whether or not she is over-eating and more.
Sensors in the bra detect when the wearer is bored, stressed or discouraged and send a warning signal to the woman’s smartphone that she should caution from making bad food choices.
In a paper entitled, ...
“Saint” Mandela? Not So Fast! 2013 12 06 President Barack Obama has compared him to George Washington. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews heralded him as “perhaps the world’s greatest hero.”
The Las Vegas Guardian Express dispensed with the “perhaps,” declaring in headline: “Nelson Mandela World’s Greatest Hero.”
Others have christened him “the greatest man of the 20th century.” Many revere him as “the savior” of South Africa. School children worldwide read books, ...
The Legacy of Nelson Mandela: A Dissenting Opinion 2013 12 06 Nelson Mandela, rights activist, political icon and former president of South Africa, dies age 95
There is no doubt that Nelson Mandela suffered for his cause of an end to bloody apartheid, racial segregation and government oppression in South Africa:
[Mandela was a] South African anti-apartheid revolutionary as well as a politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa ...