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Academics and Universities Step Up Their Collaboration with the Military to Develop Newweapons

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Yesterday, we discussed two examples of how academics and corporations are collaborating with the military to producethe weapons which eventually end up in the hands of soldiers and the police.

A few weeks ago, the British magazine New Scientist published an article about how the Pentagon is searchingfor a new crowd control weapon, a non-lethal stink bomb. Cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists–funded by themilitary–have joined forces to find a smell that will terrify people so much that they have no choice but to runfrom the scene.

And, the National Research Council has just published a new study, “Opportunities in Biotechnology for Future ArmyApplications.” 17 scientists, from universities and private research centers, participated in the 118-page report.

Today, we’re going to talk about the history of academic collaboration with the military.

Guest:

  • David Noble, historian of science and technology at York University in Toronto, co-founder (with RalphNader) of the National Coalition for Universities in the Public Interest.

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