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mercredi 19 février 2014

The shock troops: U.S. military trials electric pulses to keep soldiers alert during combat

* Cette technologie serait-elle bientôt utilisée dans les écoles pour prévenir le décrochage scolaire?  Un petit choc et une petite pilule pour garder les étudiants alertes et disposés à la programmation de l'instruction publique!

The U.S. military has begun testing troops to see if using low level shocks of electricity keeps them alert when they are in combat.

The Pentagon reportedly feels coffee and energy drinks are not enough to keep soldiers’ minds from drifting.

Early experiments are underway using ‘noninvasive’ brain stimulation on dozens of volunteers – who seemed to perform better as a result.

The Boston Globe reported that Lindsey McIntire, one of the researchers, said the response was better than caffeine and without the side effects like jitters or palpitations.

This appeared to be the case when subjects were kept awake for 30 hours, or longer than a full day.

There was also no ‘crash’ after a few hours, unlike when the effects of caffeine wear off.

The study has been carried out at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

The team behind it hope that in the near future soldiers will carry a pair of electrodes with them that they can easily apply to themselves to carry the electric current.

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