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Stealth coating based on squid skin could make soldiers invisible to night vision
Telegraph ^ | 9/10/13 | Richard Gray

Posted on 09/21/2013 1:54:51 PM PDT by LibWhacker

Camouflaged clothing that mimics squid skin is being developed to hide soldiers from night vision equipment.

Most camouflage materials used to disguise soldiers and vehicles during the day show up easily when viewed through night vision goggles and infrared cameras.

This is because leaves and other foliage reflect infrared light in a different way to other fabrics and materials.

However, scientists at the University of California Irvine have created a new “stealth” coating that can change the way it reflects infrared light on command.

The films, which are around 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, can be switched on and off using a chemical signal.

Tests conducted by the researchers have shown that they can make an orange surface blend into green foliage when the coating is activated.

The technology mimics the active camouflage used by squid, where they change the colour and even the texture of their skin to blend into the background.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Military/Veterans; Science
KEYWORDS: camouflage; invisible; night; nightvisiongoggles; skin; soldiers; squid; stealth; vision

1 posted on 09/21/2013 1:54:51 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

maybe something that could have been kept quiet??


2 posted on 09/21/2013 1:56:28 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: LibWhacker

"No"


3 posted on 09/21/2013 1:57:31 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: LibWhacker

Not that it would work. Obama’s military will use this to have rainbow glow uniforms.


4 posted on 09/21/2013 2:01:49 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: LibWhacker

Army soldiers are going to be wearing Navy uniforms?


5 posted on 09/21/2013 2:03:43 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Big Giant Head

Relevant.


6 posted on 09/21/2013 2:05:08 PM PDT by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: Sacajaweau

Id suspect youre right.


7 posted on 09/21/2013 2:12:39 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: LibWhacker

without a new New NEW Debt Ceiling..Be necessary?....


8 posted on 09/21/2013 2:13:37 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Sacajaweau

I remember reading stuff about this in a popular science a couple of years ago. My guess is that the real secret stuff is much cooler than this. No pun intended.


9 posted on 09/21/2013 2:18:23 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: LibWhacker

What about thermal?

Right, thought so.


10 posted on 09/21/2013 2:18:45 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: LibWhacker
The films, which are around 100,000 times thinner than a human hair

Color me skeptical. A human hair is ~50 microns. 100Kx thinner would get you down into the atomic or even subatomic scale, I think.

50 microns = 50,000 nanometers. So 100Kx thinner would be .5 nm.

The diameter of a helium atom is .1 nm.

11 posted on 09/21/2013 3:09:53 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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To: Sherman Logan

Damned facts getting in the way of a good story.


12 posted on 09/21/2013 3:15:58 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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To: LibWhacker

Calamari suits?


13 posted on 09/21/2013 3:17:33 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: saganite

The Marines will be happy to find out Squids are good for something.


14 posted on 09/21/2013 4:04:43 PM PDT by DeWalt
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To: LibWhacker

Yes, but how many Squids will it take to skin to clothe a soldier or marine?

Dare I say as many as you can run down!

(Sorry Navy, we love you)


15 posted on 09/21/2013 4:33:00 PM PDT by AKinAK (Keep your powder dry pilgrim.)
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To: LibWhacker

New....”Cthulu Coating” for the stealthy....9 out of 10 Cultists recommend it.....


16 posted on 09/21/2013 4:50:18 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: The KG9 Kid
What about thermal?

Exactly. That's the kicker.

17 posted on 09/21/2013 5:07:55 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks LibWhacker.


18 posted on 09/21/2013 5:42:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: LibWhacker

How would this help in the middle east against IED’s?


19 posted on 09/21/2013 6:08:54 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: LibWhacker

How would this help in the middle east against IED’s?


20 posted on 09/21/2013 6:26:06 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: LibWhacker

How would this help in the middle east against IED’s?


21 posted on 09/21/2013 6:26:13 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: LibWhacker

We already have invisibility suits for our soldiers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU-xBJCyNhk


22 posted on 09/21/2013 9:15:55 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Also...

Just how durable would such a thin skin be? Whoever thinks an ultra think coating on anything is going to last any longer than a soldier or Marine infantryman sets foot into either a training event or a battle AO hasn’t ever been an infantryman.


23 posted on 09/22/2013 1:33:17 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Grimmy

I especially liked the notion of activating the stealth field by spraying yourself with vinegar. No way that could be detected by anybody you’re trying to sneak up on!


24 posted on 09/22/2013 5:26:17 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Mark Steyn: "In the Middle East, the enemy of our enemy is also our enemy.")
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