Scientists Test Cool Vests For Soldiers

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    Science Daily — Scientists at the University of Portsmouth are testing new high-tech thermal vests to be used by soldiers in Iraq to help them cope with the heat of battle.

    Scientists test cool vests for soldiers. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Portsmouth)

    The vests use a combination of air, liquid and new applications of old technologies such as converting paraffin wax into liquid in chambers within the vests to absorb heat from the body.

  2. Nice idea, but I'd have a couple of questions before this went to theatre:
    1. How much does it weigh?
    2. Do I really want to be running aroung wearing an inflammable (Paraffin) vest?

    I'm sure that the Treasury would also ask:
    3. How much does it cost?

  3. And how heavy is the battery pack for it and how long will they last? I can see battery resupply becoming the worst problem for the loggies at this rate.