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naperlou
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More effective
naperlou   5/7/2012 10:22:07 AM
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This is another example of innovation in weaponry.  Just think, this could lower the military's carbon footprint. 

All kidding aside, while it would be nice if we did not have to use these things, by being more effective we limit the number of conflicts overall.  This is an interesting use of materials and the nanotechnology research should yield some interesting results.

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NadineJ   5/7/2012 10:57:43 AM
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Agreed.  This is an interesting use of nanotechnology.  After reading "500 percent more lethal", it's difficult to stay neutral and imagine non-military applications.

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jhankwitz   5/7/2012 11:31:16 AM
It's unfortunate that the results of this research will be limited to military applications.  It would be nice if it could spill over into non-military applications.

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Mydesign   5/8/2012 5:08:13 AM
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Jhankwitz, you are right. Every year government is spending billion of USD for military R&D inorder to strengthen the national security and weapon systems. I think the same technology can also be use for common peoples benefit also. For example, the light weight materials using in space craft can be used for making artificial limbs etc.

Ann R. Thryft
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Are non-military apps possible?
Ann R. Thryft   5/7/2012 4:08:52 PM
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500 percent more lethal just means 5x more lethal. Although that's a lot, considering the fragments will release both kinetic and chemical energy. The only non-military use I can imagine is for the other apps of explosives, such as mining work, although I don't see what chemical energy will bring to that effort. It would be interesting to know what chemicals are involved.

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Charles Murray   5/7/2012 6:12:30 PM
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I agree, Ann. I can't imagine any non-military applications for this. It's designed, not just to explode, but to wreac havoc when it does.

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NadineJ   5/7/2012 11:50:43 PM
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Thanks Ann.  I understand the math.  I was just making an observation about the emotional response to "500 percent more lethal". 

Mining work is a possibility but, as you mentioned, I don't see any advantage over current technology for that particular industry.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Are non-military apps possible?
Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2012 12:24:20 PM
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I agree about the emotional response--that's why I prefer "x times" to "x%."

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Less weight to haul into battle
ChasChas   5/8/2012 10:56:32 AM
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http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=243309&cid=NL_Newsletters+-+DN+Daily

Like the Ironman Ammo Carrier (above), it should ease the burden of material needed to wage war.

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Reactive material artillery shells.
William K.   5/8/2012 10:35:19 PM
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I would be concerned about the stability of the materials under various conditions. Unstable ordinance just sounds like it would be really unpleasant. The reason for this concern is that it seems to me that materials that are able to explode would be a bit more reactive, and thus less likely to be completely stable. But perhaps there is another answer.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Reactive material artillery shells.
Ann R. Thryft   5/9/2012 4:48:59 PM
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I think William raised a good point. If these artillery shells are 5x more lethal, does that mean 5x the explosive force? Whatever the percentage or factor, it's greater explosive force which means they're likely to be more dangerous to store, as well as to deploy.


Ann R. Thryft
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What type of materials?
Ann R. Thryft   7/6/2012 12:30:41 PM
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Elizabeth, what types of materials are these? The article says they're a new class, but does that mean metals, plastics, composites, nanocomposites, or something else?



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