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  1. Things We Saw Today: Quicksilver, What In the Hell Are You Doing?

    Every single promo pic I see of X-Men: Days of Future Past's Quicksilver makes me even more convinced that he's some sort of weird fever dream. (Collider)

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  2. First Female-Specific Body Armor Ships Out To Afghanistan

    Today in Boobs

    It's safe to say, having body armor that doesn't fit correctly is almost no armor at all. That's why we've been following the development of body armor for women in the armed forces so closely. Previously, the armor was in a prototype stage and being worn by the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It turns out, the women of the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division are being deployed to Afghanistan soon and when they do, they'll be wearing armor that fits.

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  3. United States Army Totally Wanted a Seizure Gun Because of Pokémon

    In 1997, an episode of the popular Pokémon cartoon caused over 700 people to suffer convulsions due to something called "photic seizure induction." Essentially, a series of images caused these people to experience symptoms common in bouts of epilepsy, like vomiting and convulsions. This might typically lead to a health discussion, such as how to stop this kind of event, but the United States Army actually wanted to make a weapon out of it.

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  4. Currrent Military Designs For Body Armor Aren’t Suited For Women, But the House Is Looking Into That

    It's Technical

    As the American military starts allowing women to fight on the front lines of combat, more attention is being paid to how those women can best protect themselves. Namely, body armor. Since only men have been allowed in combat roles, there has never been any consideration for fitting body armor to the female form. While progress is still being made on uniforms (including those for pregnant members of the military), at least we know that the House Armed Services Committee is looking into things on the protective front.

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  5. To Prove They’re Fit For Combat, Military Women Take to Cage Matches Against Military Men

    Rights of Passage

    It's 2012, we are still at war in the Middle East, and women are still not allowed to fight in Army combat roles. And women who are in the Army and being denied the chance to serve to the same extent as their male counterparts have found a new way to prove that they can fight on par with men: MMA-inspired cage matches. With men.

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  6. First Women Allowed on Special Ops Teams in U.S. Army

    Firsts

    Today in "News I thought had happened years ago," the Army Special Operations Command is deploying its first teams of female soldiers to serve on the front lines of combat. In a review of their work so far, their initial performance has been called "off the charts."

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  7. The Army Is Using X-Men: First Class As a Recruiting Tool

    Highly Successful Marketing Strategies

    First, a caveat: It's Memorial Day weekend, and we're in no way saying anything disparaging about our men and women in uniform. That said, this is an article about the United States Army using X-Men: First Class as a recruiting tool, telling future recruits that joining the Army is as glorious as being a mutant. That's the Army -- not known for its unconformity -- using the X-Men -- known fairly well for their unconformity -- to recruit soldiers -- who are probably expected to conform to Army regulations and rules. And not just that, but the X-Men don't exactly think that highly of the Army, at least not in X-Men: First Class.

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  8. A U.S. Soldier’s Odds of Dying in Historic Wars

    According to Nicholas Hobbes' Essential Militaria, what follows are the odds of death that U.S. soldiers faced in eleven wars throughout history. No one talks much about the Mexican War today, but on a person-by-person basis, it was four times as deadly as Vietnam. • War of Independence: 2 percent (1 in 50) • War of 1812: 0.8 percent (1 in 127) • Indian Wars: 0.9 percent (1 in 106) • Mexican War: 2.2 percent (1 in 45) • Civil War: 6.7 percent (1 in 15) • Spanish-American War: 0.1 percent (1 in 798) • World War I: 1.1 percent (1 in 89) • World War II: 1.8 percent (1 in 56) • Korean War: 0.6 percent (1 in 171) • Vietnam War: 0.5 percent (1 in 185) • Persian Gulf War: 0.03 percent (1 in 3,162) (via Futility Closet | Source)

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  9. Army Places $517 Million Order on Football Field-Sized Airships to Gather Intel in Afghanistan

    The U.S. Army has previously expressed interest in LEMVs, giant, optionally unmanned airships with formidable intelligence-gathering capabilities and the ability to hover at 20,000 feet for up to 3 weeks; now, they've signed a $517 million contract with defense industry manufacturer Northrop Grumman to build as many as three of them, to be deployed over Afghanistan by the end of 2011.

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