Being told that it’s a good idea to take cover when rounds start flying isn’t news to anyone, or at least it shouldn’t be. But being able to pop up a bulletproof wall wherever you are, then drop it down and carry it away by yourself when you’re done, that is new.
Created by a group of mechanical engineers at Brigham Young University in Utah, the shield is bulletproof, lightweight, and designed with law enforcement in mind, notes LikeCool. Unlike a typical ballistic shield that offers protection to just the wielder — unless you’re doing some Spartan phalanx-style shit — this can provide static cover for up to three people. The barrier is based off of an origami design called Yoshimura, and the creased pattern allows it to expand and envelop the user, providing protection to the sides as well as the front.
In testing, the barrier was able to stop incoming rounds from a 9 mm, .357 Magnum, and .44 Magnum pistols, according to a statement uploaded to the University’s YouTube channel. It’s made from 12 layers of kevlar and weighs in at 55 pounds, which may sound heavy, but it’s about half as light as other-steel based barriers that come close to 100 pounds.
It does make you wonder though: Did the engineers go through a bunch of other origami designs first? Is there a large bulletproof swan in a warehouse somewhere?
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.