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DARPA Wants to Build a Portable, Bulletproof Wall That Can Fit in a Can

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has envisioned some peculiar and diverse projects over the years, from molten metal-filled missiles, all the way to submarines that can fly. Then there’s this new project that aims to create a portable cylinder that can blow up into a nearly impenetrable wall. Because sometimes you just need that. The group suggested the idea, which is nicknamed Block Access to Deny Entry (BlockADE), in a request for information that was spotted by io9. In short, it asks for a way to “construct a barrier without human intervention,” meaning no touching anything. You just hit a button, or pull a tab and it should expand into a barrier that DARPA says would be “orders of magnitude” in size. That barrier would then need to keep — or at least slow — somebody from getting through it using a saw or other hand tool.

Read the full story at The Verge, and the original story at io9.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.