Sigourney Weaver with service members during the AVATAR premier on board Naval Support Activity, Bahrain January 28, 2010. By Amanda Schwilch
MANAMA, Bahrain – Navy Entertainment and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) brought cast and crew members James Cameron, Jon Landau, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and JohnDavid Cameron from the film AVATAR to visit service members in the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR) during the last week of January, 2010.
“The experience was really amazing” said Rodriguez, “The people out here are fantastic and the flights on and off the ships were awesome.” (more…)
“A large percentage of the Navy’s history resides in sunken ship wrecks and aircrafts and are literally scattered around the globe,” Dr. Robert Neyland, Underwater Archeology Branch head, with the Naval History and Heritage Command Underwater Archeology Lab explained during a Dec. 16 interview on the Pentagon Channel podcast “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military.” (more…)
Nutritionists at the Defense Department’s Combat Feeding Program and the Military Nutrition Division at the U.S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine are working together to provide soldiers with healthy, good-tasting, sustainable and nutritionally sound combat rations.
“We’re charged with a fairly awesome task, and that is to fuel the Defense Department’s most flexible and adaptable weapons platform, and that of course is the individual warfighter,” said Gerry Darsch, director of the Defense Department’s Combat Feeding Program (more…)
Scientists at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center are developing tiny automatic sensors that can be manufactured right into the armored plates of vehicles. The sensors self-report when they’re in good condition – and when they’ve been damaged.
Dr. Thomas Meitzler, team leader of TARDEC’s nondestructive testing and evaluation laboratory, says (more…)
Earlier this week on Armed with Science, we had the opportunity to speak with Ron Meyers, quantum physicist at the Army Research Laboratory. Meyers discussed ghost imaging,which is a technique that allows a high resolution camera to produce an image of an object which the camera itself cannot see.
It uses two sensors, one that looks at a light source and another that looks at the object. (more…)
The Electrochemistry Branch in the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate at Army Research Laboratory is working to fix that by creating fuel cells that are lighter, more efficient and more durable than existing batteries. The new fuel cells will help soldiers by lessening the number of batteries that they carry for missions lasting longer than 24 hours.
Dr. Cynthia Lundgren, chief of the electrochemistry Branch, discussed that fuel cell technology, which has the potential to lower the weight burden carried by soldiers, during a Oct. 21 webcast of “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military.”
Depending on their role in the battalion, some soldiers may carry as much as 35 pounds of batteries with them for a 72-hour mission, Lundgren said. She’d like to see that weight reduced to 12 pounds.
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Dr. Barry Spargo, head of the Chemical Dynamics and Diagnostics Department at the Naval Research Laboratory, discussed research related to the development of new and alternative sources of energy. As global first responders, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps rely on readily available, reliable sources of energy to perform a variety of missions, and the vulnerability of energy supplies could jeopardize naval forces’ ability to support forces afloat and ashore. The Department of the Navy’s energy strategy aims to decrease U.S. naval forces’ dependence on foreign fuel sources. Science and technology investments will provide many solutions.
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Dr. Marc Mossburg, chief of curriculum at Department of Defense Education Activity and Kim Day, chief of science at DoDEA, said a shortage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields creates opportunities for students. They discussed DoDEA’s curriculum in a September 30 interview on the Pentagon Channel’s weekly podcast, “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military.”
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