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Table: On the Pentagon's Counterterrorism Shopping List...


Instant lie detectors at border crossings

Might respond, for example, to rapid changes in blood vessels around the eye, or electric charges in the skin

Lightweight, full-body armor to stop a bullet or knife

New ceramic composites in combination with artificial spider silk could be the ultimate protection

Pulsed-power rifle scopes that can see through smoke, haze, fog, or darkness

Very short bursts of digital signals imitate radar's imaging capabilities

Lasers that disable bombs

Precisely tuned radiation could penetrate suspected bombs and "disassemble" them


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