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The Lamest Hobby Led To This Lifesaving Bulletproof Shield
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?
Police arrest suspected terrorist for 1985 hijacking in which Navy diver Robert D. Stethem was murdered
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police have arrested a 65-year-old Lebanese man suspected of involvement in the 1985 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines (TWA) plane in which a U.S. navy diver was killed.
A Greek police official said on Saturday the suspect had disembarked from a cruise ship on the island of Mykonos on Thursday and that his name came up as being wanted by German authorities.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
SAN DIEGO — John Timothy Earnest didn't hide his smirks as he sat in a San Diego courtroom on Thursday, watching surveillance video of Lori Gilbert-Kaye being shot down inside the lobby of a Poway synagogue.
Earnest also smiled as a synagogue congregant testified about running toward the shooter, screaming "I'm going to kill you!" and seeing the gunman "with a look of astonishment or fear" turn and run.
Earnest, 20, is facing one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the shootings at Chabad of Poway on April 27. He also faces an arson charge related to an Escondido mosque fire in March, when several people who were sleeping inside escaped unharmed.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey is ready to act on its southern border with Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said, after warning that it could take unilateral steps if the U.S. does not establish a "safe zone" in northeast Syria this month.
"Our preparations along our borders are complete," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Saturday before departing to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.