GAME CHANGER AIR FORCE CADET CREATES BULLETPROOF BREAKTHROUGH

GAME CHANGER AIR FORCE CADET CREATES BULLETPROOF BREAKTHROUGH

by Fox News Air Force cadet Hayley Weir had an idea that turned out to be a game changer. “It was just the concept of going out there and stopping a bullet with something that we had made in a chemistry lab.” The 21-year-old Weir approached Air Force Academy Assistant Professor Ryan Burke with the idea. He was skeptical. “I said, ‘I’m not really sure this is going to work, the body armor industry is a billion-plus-dollar industry,” he noted. Weir’s idea was to combine anti-ballistic fabric with what’s known as a shear thickening fluid to create a less heavy material to use in body armor. She demonstrated the principle to Burke by combining water and cornstarch in a container and asking the professor to jam his finger into the paste-like goo. “I jam my finger right into this bowl, and I almost broke my finger! Hayley’s laughing because I’ve got this finger that I’m shaking and I’m saying, ‘You know, that’s pretty impressive stuff.'” Convinced, Ryan worked with Weir for several months in a small lab at the Air Force Adacemy in Colorado Springs. They were helped and advised by Dr. Jeff Owens, Senior Research Chemist at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. They tried combining several different ingredients to come up with the exact formula for the shear thickening fluid, and the correct way to layer it with ballistic fibers. RELATED: TERROR-IN-LONDON-COPS-ARREST-12-IN-EAST-LONDON-RAIDS-AFTER-ATTACKS-THAT-LEFT-AT-LEAST-7-DEAD-NEARLY-50-INJURED “The pieces are not new,” Weir explains, “everything that we’ve used in there has been researched (before) in some capacity for ballistics protection.” RELATED: WHAT-WE-KNOW–THE-TERROR-PROBE-IN-THE-LONDON-ATTACKS-OPENS-UP They tested their...
ARIZONA MILITARY MOM FINDS SURPRISING NOTE ON HER CAR

ARIZONA MILITARY MOM FINDS SURPRISING NOTE ON HER CAR

By Fox News It was a random act of kindness of sorts, for the parents with two sons who are serving in the nation’s military. When someone noticed the parents put up an army sticker on their car, they left a note that brought the couple to tears, in a good way. Jodi St. Clair saw the note on her car’s windshield Tuesday, after her shift at a salon in Sun City, Ariz. The note contained a $20 bill, and the note itself was handwritten by a complete stranger. “I pray for our military around the world every night, especially those serving in dangerous areas or in one of our wars,” the mystery donor named “Shelley” wrote, saying the money could go toward a care package or meal. St. Clair said being a military mother is stressful, and gestures like these makes the days a little easier. THE WEEK IN PICTURES Meanwhile, St. Clair said she is hoping to find the woman who left the note, so that she can personally thank her. Click for more from Fox...
TIM: WHY FAITH MATTERS

TIM: WHY FAITH MATTERS

by Fox News Tim Allen, who became a household name with his role on “Home Improvement” and films like “Toy Story” and “The Santa Clause,” has been a leading man in Hollywood for years. Allen is also known for his stand-up comedy acts. And most recently, Allen’s show “Last Man Standing” was a bit hit for ABC before it was surprisingly canceled by the network. Many fans know that Allen had a dark past, which included a two-year stint in jail for drug trafficking and various addiction issues. Allen has also long been an outspoken conservative, setting himself apart in liberal Hollywood. Still, there’s a lot you may not know about the A-list star. Here are some surprising facts about Tim: 1. TIM IS A CAT GUY Reuters His beloved cat, Joe, became a member of his family when his daughter brought the animal home from a movie set. Allen told Ellen Degeneres that Joe is no small kitty. He joked that his cat looks like a “water animal.” RELATED: 5-MOVIES-UNVEILED-AT-CANNES-FILM-FESTIVAL-THAT-YOULL-REALLY-WANT-TO-SEE 2. ALLEN IS A MAN OF FAITH Reuters RELATED: HOST-FACES-BLOWBACK-MAHER-SLAMMED-AFTER-USING-RACIAL-SLUR-DURING-SHOW Allen’s father died when he was 11 and he had a rough young adulthood. The star spiraled out of control and went to jail in the ‘70s. He was also arrested for DUI in 1997. Tim took control of his life, got clean and sober, and he told ABC in a 2011 interview he now takes time to he think about God’s wishes for him. “I always ask, whoever put me here— ‘the builder’— ‘what did you want me to do?’” Allen said he doesn’t advertise his religious beliefs but those close to...
EX-DALLAS CHIEF INVESTIGATOR GETS LIGHT SENTENCE DESPITE TAKING BIG BRIBE

EX-DALLAS CHIEF INVESTIGATOR GETS LIGHT SENTENCE DESPITE TAKING BIG BRIBE

by Fox News While escorting a man from Las Vegas to Dallas to face a criminal charge, a chief investigator from the Dallas County prosecutor’s office “solicited, demanded, and accepted” from the man a bribe in return for agreeing to help get a charge against the man of failing to register as a sex offender dismissed. The chief investigator, Anthony Robinson, pled guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to bribe or reward an agent of an organization receiving federal funds. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade sentenced Robinson to just three years of probation, a $10,000 fine and $31,000 in restitution after he pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. The 53-year old resident of Mesquite, Texas, admitted that in 2012 he took $200,000 as a business investment from Wayne Sweeney in return for getting the charge against Sweeney dismissed. That charge was later dismissed. Robinson could have served up to five years in prison, be fined $250,000 and ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution. “Although what he did was incomprehensible, we’ve tried to make amends,” Robinson’s attorney, Kirk Lechtenberger, told the judge, according to the Dallas Observer. Robinson may have received a lighter sentence because he will testify in another government criminal case that may have begun during Dallas District Attorney Craig Marcus Watkins’ tenure, the Dallas Observer reported. RELATED: TERROR-IN-LONDON-COPS-ARREST-12-IN-EAST-LONDON-RAIDS-AFTER-ATTACKS-THAT-LEFT-AT-LEAST-7-DEAD-NEARLY-50-INJURED “Robinson’s lenient sentence may indicate that he’s agreed to be a witness in a larger investigation into the district attorney’s office during Watkins’ tenure, which was sparked by charges against Robinson. Federal agents recently served two subpoenas to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office – one...
GERMAN ROCK FESTIVAL SHUT DOWN DUE TO POSSIBLE TERROR THREAT

GERMAN ROCK FESTIVAL SHUT DOWN DUE TO POSSIBLE TERROR THREAT

by Fox World BERLIN –  German authorities have shut down a popular rock music festival because of a possible terrorist threat. The dpa news agency reported Friday that the Rock am Ring festival was cleared out on its opening night after Koblenz police said they’d received information of a “concrete threat.” Organizers posted on the festival website that “due to a terrorist threat the police have advised us to interrupt the festival.” ACCUSED TALIBAN AND ISIS FIGHTERS REVEAL INSIDE TACTICS, PERSONAL HISTORIES It wasn’t immediately clear how many fans were in attendance, but some 90,000 were expected by the end of the weekend at the annual three-day event outside the western town of Nuerburg. The German band Rammstein was the Friday night headliner, but hadn’t yet started playing. Festival organizers say they hope to be able to go ahead with the program...