Thursday, July 19, 2012

New Fire Fighting Technology Research from DARPA

DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is an often over-looked, relatively small U.S. government agency, responsible for some of the world's coolest inventions. Its origins go back to the Soviet Union's launching of Sputnik (Cпутник-1) in 1957, which was one of the loudest wake up calls ever in the United States. To compete against the bad old Commies, the United States ramped up education in math and sciences and invested in an endless number of technology projects. The U.S. government created the forerunner of DARPA, ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) in 1958 in response to the Commies beating America into space with Sputnik.

Anyway, the folks at DARPA are currently researching fighting fire with sound:

Forget the word "impossible" with anything coming out of DARPA. For over fifty years, the scientists there make the impossible, possible. Can a robot run at 18 m.p.h.? You betcha!


1 comment:

  1. We need to ramp up the emphasis on science and math today.