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(BBC)   U.S. Army developing a "smart tank" with a nanotechnology-based coating that will allow it to detect and heal surface damage   ( ) divider line
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2002-11-05 09:16:42 AM  
very cool stuff. i didn't read how exactly it repairs itself, but given time, I'm sure it will
2002-11-05 10:58:00 AM  
Advantage: USA
2002-11-05 11:07:24 AM  
Eeeww tank scabs are so gross!
2002-11-05 11:08:50 AM  
Oh snap.

Nanomachines are bad bones.

I dread the day we begin using nanites in people.
2002-11-05 11:08:59 AM  
Where are the goddamn flying cars I was promised?
2002-11-05 11:08:59 AM  
you go R2!
2002-11-05 11:09:10 AM  
I want it for my car.
2002-11-05 11:09:26 AM  
Beware of the Blue Goo!
2002-11-05 11:09:42 AM  
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Artist's conception of self-repairing military vehicle.
2002-11-05 11:10:14 AM  
Sweeeet. Now if only we had nanomachines for our vehicles to deflect radar....
2002-11-05 11:10:33 AM  
Yep. We're dead.
2002-11-05 11:12:11 AM  
Now we just need one "artificial intelligence" supercomputer to to rogue and researching hacking, take over all the military faster than we can respond, and HELLO TERMINATOR.
2002-11-05 11:12:13 AM  
We don't know who struck first, us or them. But we do know that it was us that scorched the sky.
2002-11-05 11:12:29 AM  
couldn't they have applied it to commercial airliners first? thanks again US
2002-11-05 11:13:01 AM  
What do you want to bet it will be made by a Carlyle Group company? Bush is a war profiteer. Toys like this can't be left in the hands of a madman. Vote today, please, vote for the candidate that will keep Bush from getting more power. Greens and Libertarians, it's not selling out to vote in a way that will keep us from all getting killed.
2002-11-05 11:13:08 AM  
There may be hope for Michael Jackson's face afterall.
2002-11-05 11:15:05 AM  
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Somebody is hurtin' for an intellectual property lawsuit!
2002-11-05 11:15:05 AM  
Unless it can disguise a thermal image, it ain't much good.
2002-11-05 11:15:07 AM  
Madchatter: You're making a bet and then advising people to rely on your bet? Go away Wayne Newton.
2002-11-05 11:15:32 AM  
We are the USA
You will be assimilated
Resistance is futile
2002-11-05 11:17:07 AM  
At the moment, the change colour is restricted to sandy yellow, which is fine considering the next few years of military operations.

And Bah Humbug as I submitted this link yesterday :(
2002-11-05 11:17:16 AM  
the russians had this 10 years ago ...
2002-11-05 11:18:14 AM  
Are those air holes, or damage? Must repair them just in case...
2002-11-05 11:18:23 AM  
Um... who cares if you can't see the tank.
Just like MayoBoy said, targets are not based on "People Vision". They're based on "Thermal Images On Your Circular Screen Vision"
2002-11-05 11:18:33 AM  

So when is the super-alien invasion/occupation coming, for which we will need such super-duper invisible floating laserbeam shooting wunder-tanks?
2002-11-05 11:18:53 AM  
2002-11-05 11:21:09 AM  
Tanks are expensive.

The dead cost nothing.
2002-11-05 11:21:29 AM  
And we let the cat out of the bag five years before its even a fetus because we need to *look cool* and get funding, wether there ever really is a cat or not. You know what would be bad ass? If they didn't tell anyone. Just wheel it on out for everyone to.. not see.. and start blasting. RUN! ITS TANIWHA!
2002-11-05 11:21:34 AM  
yeah, i was thinking R2 too....
2002-11-05 11:21:57 AM  

Here's your flying car.

2002-11-05 11:22:09 AM  
What a great way to solve world famine!
2002-11-05 11:23:20 AM  
"nanotechnology-based coating"

Orson Welles: This is a very wearying one; it's unpleasant to read. Unrewarding. "Because Findus freeze the cod at sea and then add a nanotechnology-based co--nanotechnology-based coating." Ah. That's tough. "nanotechnology-based coating"-- No. You need to break it up. It's not conversationally written.

Producer: Take "nanotechnology" out.

Welles: What?

Producer: Take "nanotechnology" out.

Welles: Take "nanotechnology" out. Good! Here, under protest, is "beef burgers"...
2002-11-05 11:25:02 AM  
Wow - if it ever comes to tanks rolling down Main Street, now we're gonna have an even HARDER time taking 'em out.
2002-11-05 11:25:42 AM  
Ironbar: Braveheart?

Thanks, Danho
2002-11-05 11:25:56 AM  

11-05-02 11:22:09 AM Goatman264
What a great way to solve world famine!

I would think a better way to solve world famine would be to plant more crops in better arable land, overthrow dictators that refuse food aid, stop having so many children, and stop barbarism leading to AIDS.
2002-11-05 11:26:29 AM  
Goatman: What a great way to solve world famine! but the US has already tried giving the starving some of its grain.
2002-11-05 11:26:31 AM  
For those of you who are utterly confused by my above post:
2002-11-05 11:27:21 AM  
And America needs more weapons... why?
2002-11-05 11:27:23 AM  
I though it was Grey Goo.
2002-11-05 11:29:54 AM  
This money would be better spent turning everyone into hippies so there would be no more wars...
2002-11-05 11:30:42 AM  
From Sir William of Hicks, "Revelations":

"The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey - don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because, this is just a ride..."

And we... kill those people.

Ha ha

"Shut him up."

"We have a lot invested in this ride. Shut him up. Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real."

Just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn't matter because: It's just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defences each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace."
2002-11-05 11:31:33 AM  
Personally, I'm glad that the Abrams is such a whup-ass tank. I'm even in support of making it better, because after all, we are American, the war-masters of the 21st century, and what good war-master wouldn't have the best and most fearsome tank in all the world.

But hey, really, couldn't we just take a little bit of that money ($2 billion to scrape and paint?!>! and send to educate the next generation of war machine builders? How could be build such a fantastic tank without a little education.

How about spending a dime on the future now, instead of wasting a dollar trying to correct mistakes that could have been prevented in the here-and-now.
2002-11-05 11:32:30 AM  
You caught me. Grey Goo. I think the blue goo is counter technology to Grey and Black goos.
2002-11-05 11:32:36 AM  
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see if this works ...
2002-11-05 11:32:41 AM  
the first ones had a rubber coating, which were easy to spot.....
2002-11-05 11:32:42 AM  
Considering Colonel David H. Hackworth's blistering account of the demonstrated deplorable reliability in combat conditions of the US Army's current M1A2 Abrams MBT specified in "Hazardous Duty: One of America's Most Decorated Soldiers Reports for the Front With the Truth About the US Military Today", shouldn't the US Army try developing a MBT that can travel for more that 250 kilometers without crippling itself?

Are defence contracts more valuable than a soldier's life? Is success against abandoned Iraqi T-55's enough?

The M1A2 Abrams is the finest tank in the world, depending on where it breaks down...
2002-11-05 11:32:48 AM  
but the US has already tried giving the starving some of its grain.

So Xane, I'm confused. Is it even days that the US is supposed to mind it's own fecking business and odd days that the US is supposed to take care of the rest of the world?
2002-11-05 11:33:32 AM  
A shadowy flank into the world of a man... who does not exist.
2002-11-05 11:33:32 AM  
What happened to a "lighter more mobile" army. Tanks are great, for fighting the Soviet Union in Europe.
2002-11-05 11:35:30 AM  
Thank You DaNightTripper.

And of course the US needs more weapons...and if you think its bad that we let this shiat out..just imagine what we have that isn't. mwhaahah..mwah..*hickup*....
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