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Face paint for soldiers protects against bomb blasts
« on: August 23, 2012, 06:59:17 »
Face paint for soldiers protects against bomb blasts
By QMI Agency
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In response to a request from the U.S. military, a team of scientists has developed new camouflage makeup that protects soldiers from the intense heat of bomb blasts. It's also waterproof, non-irritating and bug-repelling.

A thermal blast from a roadside bomb or other explosive "lasts only two seconds, but it can literally cook the face, hands and other exposed skin," said Dr. Robert Lochhead, who presented the findings Wednesday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.

The U.S. Department of Defense wanted a heat-resistent lotion soldiers could apply like sunscreen that would also disguise their faces from the enemy.

Lochhead and his team at the University of Southern Mississippi came up with a substance they say protects the face and hands for up to 15 seconds before first-degree (mild) burns might occur. In some tests, it was effective for up to 60 seconds.

They used silicones instead of the more flammable hydrocarbons used in most makeup, and they found a way to incorporate DEET safely into the formula, the researchers said.

The makeup has passed initial testing and is to be developed further. The scientists will also test it on other surfaces to see if it can be used on tents and uniforms, and a colourless version is being developed for firefighters.
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Re: Face paint for soldiers protects against bomb blasts
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2012, 09:47:59 »
In response to a request from the U.S. military, a team of scientists has developed new camouflage makeup that protects soldiers from the intense heat of bomb blasts. It's also waterproof, non-irritating and bug-repelling.
But, what is the SPF #, and will it moisturize skin & cure acne?

More seriously, that does sound like a product worth looking at if when we get back into a greener theatre.

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Re: Face paint for soldiers protects against bomb blasts
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2012, 10:50:00 »
But, what is the SPF #, and will it moisturize skin & cure acne?

More seriously, that does sound like a product worth looking at if when we get back into a greener theatre.


But, sure as the gods made little green apples, just after it is approved for issue/service someone will discover previously unknown side-effects: it will shrink your penis or something like that.  :o
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Re: Face paint for soldiers protects against bomb blasts
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2012, 10:54:14 »
Or glow like a light bulb for IR.

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Re: Face paint for soldiers protects against bomb blasts
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2012, 11:51:00 »
It puts the lotion on it's skin or it gets the burns again.
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Re: Face paint for soldiers protects against bomb blasts
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2012, 14:59:34 »
It's just a conspiracy to make us cam up more often, duh.
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Re: Face paint for soldiers protects against bomb blasts
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2012, 16:00:32 »
It's just a conspiracy to make us cam up more often, duh.

Why do we have to cam up in the woods? I never cammed up in Afghanistan!
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