Following on from yesterday’s post of a ‘gay bomb’ we have a story about DARPA (which one commentator
calls “the crazy research arm of the Pentagon”) spending $15 million dollars trying to develop one-way, invisible, self-healing, shoot-through protective shields for use in urban combat situations.
Here’s the science bit : these shields will be created using metamaterials, ‘coded’ obscurant systems, and a bunch of other stuff that I’ve no idea about either.
You can find out (a little) more on the technical specs. here.
Apparently friendly forces will be able to see and – crucially – shoot through these shields, which I guess will render the term “friendly fire” an anachronism of the past. If this idea ever gets past the development stage, that is.