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Hygiene Hypothesis: Could More Dirt and Germs Boost Your Health? | MSN

Dirty hands

Society is becoming much too sterile.  Research has found that avoiding germs altogether could be detrimental to necessary bacteria meant to boost the immune system. Early exposure to microbes – in children whose immune system are developing especially – could lower the risks of contracting health conditions. People who live in areas of high sanitation could lack the microbes necessary ... Read More »

Electric tech could help reverse baldness | Science Daily

Bald man with a motorcycle

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a hat that stimulates hair growth. The hat is non-invasive and gathers energy from the body’s motion, then uses it to generate low-frequency electric pulses. The hat is more effective for intervening the first stages of hair loss and is sleek enough to be worn under a hat. Human testing for the ... Read More »

ARCYBER: Soldiers should safeguard against suspicious tweets | Army.mil

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Tweets from Russian hackers intended to spread disinformation pass as innocent posts or legitimate news on social media platforms. Army leaders are informing their soldiers of the recent trend and want them to be aware when seeing news about other members or leaders. Twitter is supposedly the most-used platform by foreign agents. The Army is planning to combat the disinformation ... Read More »

The Air Force Will Start Work on Flying Cars This Fall | Defense One

White flying car

Flying cars are no longer just a sci-fi fantasy; the Air Force Research Lab is gathering information about where commercial innovation is going with flying cars. The US military has considered the idea before, but the problem is trusting the autonomy of a 1-2 person vehicle that has to take off. The program is arguing that flying cars could be ... Read More »

Special Forces kill, detain 9 Taliban militants; destroy caches of weapons in 3 provinces | Khaama Press News Agency

Afghan Special Forces Soldiers

The Afghan Special Forces killed or detained 9 Taliban militants and destroyed caches of weapons during the operations in Farah, Ghazni and Helmand provinces and destroyed a cache of weapons during the same operation. Source: https://www.khaama.com/special-forces-kill-detain-9-taliban-militants-destroy-caches-of-weapons-in-3-provinces-04126/ Read More »

This hero airman saved a child’s life on the way to pick up an award for doing a bunch of other heroic things | Business Insider

US Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O'Brien

Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O’Brien, a special tactics section chief assigned to the 320th Special Tactics Squadron at Kadena Air Base in Japan, was named one of only a dozen “2019 Outstanding Airmen of the Year,” for a reason. O’Brien served as a member of President Donald Trump’s security detail for one of the summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong ... Read More »

More US Commandos are fighting invisible wars in the middle East | The Intercept

Soldiers waiting for a helicopter

On average, more than 4,000 Special Operations forces are deployed to the region each week.  The increase comes at a time when the United States is planning a troop drawdown in Afghanistan, despite a peace agreement with the Taliban having fallen apart. American warfare is increasingly relying on Special Operations Forces, private contractors, local proxies working with and for the ... Read More »

SoftBank mulls bringing 40 companies to Brazil | Reuters

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SoftBank Group Corp, a Japanese internet service company, is making plans to expand by opening 40 companies to Brazil. The Corporation is expecting to announce a large investment in Brazil soon as part of a series of multimillion-dollar investments worldwide. SoftBank believes it can add opportunities to several facets in Brazil. Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-softbank/softbank-mulls-bringing-40-companies-to-brazil-idUSKBN1W52G2 Read More »

Army awards key contracts to build virtual trainers | Defense News

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The Army is awarding contracts to build virtual trainers as part of the Synthetic Training Environment program. They received 11 responses to a request for solutions, and the winner was rewarded $81 million to build a virtual training prototype. The finished product could collectively train soldiers and plan missions. Source: https://www.defensenews.com/land/2019/06/28/army-awards-key-contracts-to-build-virtual-trainers/ Read More »

Soldiers could fire this ‘plastic’ ammo from its next-gen rifle | Military Times

Plastic bullet

True Velocity, a new composite-cased ammunition, has been submitted as part of a new weapon system partnership. The plastic casing will offer increased range, muzzle energy, and drastic weight reduction as opposed to the traditional brass-cased ammunition. True Velocity combined with the weapon it was submitted with will be capable of long-range lethality and will be significantly more efficient for ... Read More »

Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in failed attack on security posts in Paktika | Khaama Press News Agency

soldier on a truck bed with a machine gun

The Afghan forces repulsed a Taliban attack on security posts in South-eastern Paktika province inflicting heavy casualties on group’s fighters.  A group of Taliban militants attempted to attack the security posts in Mata Khan district but the Afghan forces effectively responded to the attack, killing 13 Taliban militants during the clash and wounded at least 7 others. Source: https://www.khaama.com/taliban-militants-suffer-heavy-casualties-in-failed-attack-on-security-posts-in-paktika-04122/ Read More »