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(Knoxnews)   Scientists can make you bullet proof. Looking for test subjects to make sure   ( knoxnews.com) divider line
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2003-09-16 01:42:59 AM  
sign me up... 5 bucks and ill give it a shot (no pun intended ho ho)
2003-09-16 01:44:34 AM  
2003-09-16 01:45:18 AM  
If I get to keep the armor afterwards sure, its not like I would care if it did not work.
Where do I sign up?
2003-09-16 01:45:43 AM  
that'll leave a mark
2003-09-16 01:45:51 AM  
It is unsure exactly what the ceramic shields will look like, but they believe it'll be something like this:

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2003-09-16 01:46:54 AM  
How about 50 Cent? Can't nobody kill that crazy mofo!!!
2003-09-16 01:48:18 AM  
I keep imagining someone covered in terra cotta roof shingles... pointing and laughing, pointing and laughing.
2003-09-16 01:48:47 AM  
can they add some lead?

i dont want this guy peeking at my underwear
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2003-09-16 01:50:59 AM  
I'll take some of that... I'll be needing it soon..
2003-09-16 01:52:44 AM  
The bullet proofing that is... The Hary Wookie in the above picture was not included in my previous statement...

/cocks gun in anticipation of wisecracks....
2003-09-16 01:53:48 AM  
Lots of liquor and cocaine makes me bulletproof.
2003-09-16 01:53:49 AM  

Maybe they'll have some sort of super-duper body armor that's capable of stopping a .50 cal bullet by the time I enlist...

/ponders this latest development
//ponder is a cool word
2003-09-16 01:56:37 AM  
Q. Why did Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver get married?

A. They're trying to breed a bullet-proof Kennedy.

(credit to rec.humor.funny)
2003-09-16 02:02:18 AM  
Fark: Bill Wicks beat me to it...
2003-09-16 02:08:15 AM  
This is awesome news. The kevlar used by the armed forces for flak jackets and helmets is only designed to stop flak and some small-caliber rounds. Nothing approaching 30-caliber rounds.
2003-09-16 02:17:02 AM  
Agreed, this IS awesome news. But it's not so much the size of the bullet as the speed at which it travels.

Kevlar vests work so well because they function almost as 'nets' to stop slow-moving bullets (.45's, etc). Smaller high-velocity rounds go through, though, because they're better able to spread the netting (they do, after all, sew these vests). Or so the Germans would have us believe.

Ceramic plates stopping 2,800 ft/s .30 rounds... that's pretty studly.
2003-09-16 02:24:00 AM  
The pants im wearing right now have a kevlar arse

Moon with confidence.
2003-09-16 02:25:20 AM  
I'll take one of FlamingJesus' bulletproof toilets.
2003-09-16 03:11:17 AM  
Wonder why they ran outta funds. Maybe the Chinese/Indians are working on the same thing for 1/5 the price.
2003-09-16 03:25:17 AM  
sign me up... 5 bucks and ill give it a shot (no pun intended ho ho)

You mean, "5 Bucks and I'll TAKE it; one shot."
2003-09-16 03:32:57 AM  
yup, I'm 10 feet tall and bullet proof every friday night after a visit to my dealer..
2003-09-16 05:30:19 AM  
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2003-09-16 05:50:35 AM  
Bullet proof everyone in Compton, LA.
2003-09-16 05:52:29 AM  
Bah, lousy headline. I expected to read about some kind of Cyberpunkish nanotube skinweave. :P
2003-09-16 06:29:26 AM  
Just because your armor is bulletproof doesn't mean YOU are. You still can't cover your eyes with this stuff.
2003-09-16 06:39:51 AM  
I'm still waiting for big suits of power-armor, like from Fallout and Starcraft.


Boy would I love to have a working suit of T-51B Power Armor....
2003-09-16 07:34:22 AM  
Hacker_X writes:

Just because your armor is bulletproof doesn't mean YOU are. You still can't cover your eyes with this stuff.

Actually you could. A suit of it head to toe. On the other hand, the cameras you then use to see the world outside your suit would be vulnerable to enemy fire. Once blinded, you'd have to be taken by your comrades quickly out of the combat area or be an easy POW.

Still...stops a .30 cal bullet? Pretty impressive. If I find projectiles being thrown at me at supersonic speeds, I'll take some that new stuff please.

2003-09-16 08:19:38 AM  
seeing as how I have been shot 7 times...this comes as good news.

Naw...I have never been shot, just wanted to be a butthole.
2003-09-16 08:21:12 AM  
won't someone just make a more effective gun?
2003-09-16 08:47:25 AM  
2003-09-16 08:21:12 AM Blackstar

won't someone just make a more effective gun?

Yes, this is exactly the problem.

Just like with SDI, it'll start a classic unwinnable arms race of offense vs. defense.

So give up, stop making this ceramic armor crap, and accept that we're all going to die.
2003-09-16 08:57:29 AM  
I know a guy who is an Army Ranger, and he was telling me about the ceramic armor they wear. Since the ceramic is so hard, it will stop damn near anything, but they need to add the polymer/kevlar type material to hold the ceramic together so it can do its job.

Oddly enough, he told me what the supply guy said when they got the armor: "It'll stop an armor piercing bullet. Just don't drop it."
2003-09-16 09:07:10 AM  
I'm a little tea cup...chit i thought this was a bad idea
x x
2003-09-16 09:27:42 AM  
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"We cannot afford to have a ceramic armor gap!"
2003-09-16 10:01:23 AM  
This guy laughs @ j0or n00b armor
2003-09-16 10:02:09 AM  
[image from divasdot.com too old to be available]This guy laughs @ j0or n00b armor
2003-09-16 10:23:25 AM  
Shouldn't they be focusing on the synthetic spider silk that they extract from the milk of genetically engineered goats. (True Story it is a ongoing project)

Carbon Nano-Tubes are the real future of Armor. I'll test those when they are ready.
2003-09-16 10:27:57 AM  
Boron carbide is nothing new. It isn't used more because it's pretty expensive. If these guys really don't know why it works, as the article suggests, then they're not too bright. It's friggin' hard and strong. The ceramic destroys the penetrator, and the kevlar/spectra/zylon/whatever backing catches all the pieces. I've seen ballistic plates with 5 .30 armour piercing rounds stuck in them, and they were a lot cheaper than these plates would be.
The British already use plates that will stop .50 rounds, but they're pretty heavy.
/makes body armour
2003-09-16 10:39:49 AM  
From the diaphragm, Arthur:

"Your bullets can't harm me!"
2003-09-16 10:44:58 AM  
Just like with SDI, it'll start a classic unwinnable arms race of offense vs. defense.

Start? That race has been on for millenia. Leather armor, chain mail, plate armor, various helms, greaves, swords, hammers, longbows, crossbows, and on and on and on. As long as people fight, we'll try to have better weapons than the opponent was defenses, and better defenses than the opponent has weapons.
2003-09-16 10:49:24 AM  

"was defenses" should be "has defenses"

/wanders off in search of more coffee
2003-09-16 11:02:28 AM  
Tequila makes me invisible. Can't shoot what you can't see.
2003-09-16 11:08:07 AM  
Son of Thunder

No, it's useless, I tell you!

You see how your argument shows that SDI is pointless? You see???

2003-09-16 11:12:39 AM  
SpiderSilk Armor

The Associated Press
P L A T T S B U R G H, N. Y., June 18, 2000 About 150
goats that have been bred with a spider gene are
to be housed on 60 acres of a former Air Force
base here.
Montreal-based Nexia Biotechnologies, Inc., plans
for the goats to arrive Tuesday. The company said up to
1,500 genetically-altered goats may eventually live there.
Fifteen weapons-storage buildings were converted by
adding light and feeding water lines into animal holding
pens for the project.
We feel the site ... is a real adequate site and is in a
very secure setting, Isabelle Trombley-Summers, Nexia
site director of agricultural affairs, told the Plattsburgh
The goats have been bred with a spider gene so their
milk provides a unique protein. The company then plans
to extract the protein from the milk to produce fibers
called BioSteel for bulletproof vests, aerospace and
medical supplies.
Spider silk has a unique combination of strength and
elasticity with an ultra-lightweight fiber.

Spinning a Profitable Web
Last year, Nexia obtained the exclusive right to patents
resulting from spider silk research at the University of
Wyoming. The agreement included an up front payment
for the university, funding for research and development
expenses plus royalties on the sale of silk-based products.
In January, Nexia announced the birth of two
BioSteel goats.
Initially, Trombley-Summers said, Nexia will have a
conventional breeding facility at the Plattsburgh Airbase
Redevelopment Corp. site, with bunkers housing both
male and female goats. About five people will be
employed there.
The goats will usually remain in pens and the building
will be fenced into separate areas that allow them to
exercise and go outside for light, Trombley-Summers said.
Trombley-Summers assured Plattsburghs Town
Planning Board that they will maintain high environmental
standards at the facility and have spoken with the State
Department of Environmental Conservation about the
Theres no problem with that, Codes Enforcement
Officer Donald Lee said of environmental and health
2003-09-16 11:49:19 AM  
Pretty good idea. Current armor that is classified above Class 4 can't be purchased unless it was made prior to 1984. That's the ceramic stuff. Right now, the ceramic stuff will stop any pistol caliber and centerfire cartridge short of .50 BMG....Regular body armor that you can buy on the Web only stops pistol caliber bullets.
2003-09-16 11:50:07 AM  
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His wish is coming closer and closer to fruition...

2003-09-16 01:38:49 PM  
Sadly this is the first thing I thought of:
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Esp. weird considering i just finished watching this:
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2003-09-16 02:18:23 PM  
So.... when do we get the bright white suits with those cool helmets?

/thinking stormtrooper here....
2003-09-16 02:31:52 PM  

They were, like, the LEAST bulletproof guys on the planet.

Hell, they even got punked by the Ewoks' stupid wooden clubs.

/Stupid, bulky, useless armor.
2003-09-16 04:28:28 PM  
Ceramic Armor? Sign me up.

Didn't Nausicaa have something to do with Ceramic Armor? They wore it or something. Good books.
2003-09-16 06:09:42 PM  
On the subject of spider silk armor, I recall reading the "Aliens" series of books back in the mid '90s, and a bunch of the Colonial Marines had spider silk armor, spider silk cable, and other spider silk whatnot. If science could come up with a way to reproduce spider silk, that would be fantastic, but the last I heard, they were having trouble figuring out how spiders produced different proteins to make the web more or less sticky depending on need, as well as how the proteins connected.
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