We’ve recently explored how the Defense Department supports scientific research in our planet’s most extreme environments like Antarctica. But how is science helping to keep our servicemembers safe in return?
Today’s LAB TV episode tells the story of scientists at the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center who are studying the best ways to help soldiers endure challenging climates and extreme temperatures.
In a hot environment, for example, the body absorbs heat and its core temperature increases — and sweating is the way the body cools itself. But, what happens if a soldier is wearing an insect repellent? Does it interfere with sweating and restrict the body’s ability to get rid of heat?
“All science really is, is a way of asking questions,” says research physiologist Robert Kenefick. “Sometimes you might be finding things out that nobody has ever seen before.”
Special thanks to the National Defense Education Program for providing this insider’s view of every day work undertaken by Defense Department scientists and engineers.
[Dr. John Ohab is a new technology strategist at the Defense Media Activity. ]