Weekly Tech Roundup | Aug 2, 2019

Weekly tech roundup: technology manager top picks August 2019

This week’s tech roundup includes some of the top technology picks from our expert technology managers for August 2019.

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Drug candidate for PTSD and treatment resistant depression

The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a novel pharmaceutical drug therapy for treating mental health conditions.

Current evidence suggests that cotinine – an alkaloid found in tobacco – can reduce anxiety and depression in subjects with stress-induced depression. VA researchers are pursuing a therapeutic approach to depression and PTSD with cotinine and an antioxidant delivered intranasally.

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Ballistic and blast-resistant air tanks made of advanced elastomeric coating

Navy scientists invented a new pressure vessel design that features a novel elastomeric coating containing hollow ceramic spheres and a fiber-reinforced overwrap technology.

As a breathing air tank, the Navy’s new pressure vessels are significantly lighter than conventional air tanks used by recreational, commercial, and military scuba divers, while providing the same capacity and enhanced safety.

Applications of the technology may also include hydrogen fuel cells for autonomous or remotely-piloted vehicles.

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Reduced toxicity, slow-rate pyrotechnic strobe composition

Army scientists recently invented a reduced toxicity chemical composition that flashes on and off at an extremely slow rate. It can be used for flares, stun grenades, and other devices.

The researchers addressed common limitations by developing a new pyrotechnic strobe composition that pulses only once per minute while also being less toxic and more environmentally friendly than conventional strobe formulations.

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Suicide bomb detection using Doppler radar

To detect suicide bombers preparing to attack public places and other high-value targets, a Navy research team invented a method to identify persons wearing wires or a significant amount of metal that might be part of an explosive device.

The technology utilizes Doppler radar to determine whether the person is concealing a bomb.

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Knee and elbow pads with abrasion and ballistic protection

Protection for a person's extremities needs to have high maneuverability and low weight. Army researchers have developed 100 and 200-gram knee and elbow pads that can stop a 9mm pistol round.

While developed for military applications, the technology could also be used to improve the protective gear worn during sports, e.g., playing hockey, mountain biking, or horseback riding.

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