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April 28, 2018: Illuminated Site of the Week: Squid Goals

Illuminated Site of the Week:

Soldiers need to be able to get in and out of any number of tight spots to do their job, so what happens when they're once again confronted by a slit or hole too narrow or small for a human to fit through? You send in a squid, of course. That's not to say the army is going to start carrying around these tentacular beasts just so they can shove their pliable bodies through holes to get the mission done, that would be the height of absurdity. Instead, thanks to the combined efforts of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) regarding breakthroughs with new materials, they're simply going to 3-D print the invertebrates in the field. That's the reasonable thing to do. The Daily Mail has the story.

-- Suggested by Steve Jackson


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