Science has helped the military and beyond

We hear of advances in military technology that provide safer measures for our troops, like minesweeping robots for the Navy, but much of the technology also benefits civilian life.

Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the past decade (robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades), but the stumps they attach to can swell and chafe, leaving amputees unable to use them. A researcher from the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, has now developed sensors that can fit into special liners that would be worn with the prosthetic limb. The high-tech liner would then monitor the swelling of the limb and adjust automatically to the changes, thus limiting or possibly even eradicating the chafing and blisters often accompanied with wearing prosthetic limbs.

Researchers at MIT are analyzing robots, like flying drones, and what they are “thinking.” Understanding a robot’s decision-making can be useful to not only improve these autonomous robots, but it can also make an impact on other new technologies like self-driving cars.

Today, Veteran’s Day, is a day dedicated to American veterans of all wars as well as a day “designed to perpetuate peace through good will.” Science has helped our troops in numerous ways and will continue to do so, and we hope it will continue to assist in the cause of world peace.