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The skinny: Military tries to shape policy on women's body armor

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Military tries to shape policy on women's armor

It has been more than 30 years since women became full members of the Army and the Navy, and the military continues to wrestle with this indisputable fact: Women's bodies differ from men's. More than 10,000 American women in uniform are in the Iraq and Afghanistan war zones, and the Army and Air Force are trying to come up with body armor that accounts for women's "torso curves," according to the Army's news service. The Army is developing unisex designs while the Air Force is investigating "female-specific geometries," the report said. And, the Army says, new helmets that can accommodate the hair buns worn by many women soldiers will be available this summer.

Lion's share

These tacos can make you roar

A Tucson, Ariz., restaurant already has served up python, alligator, elk, kangaroo, rattlesnake and turtle. What's next? Lion meat. Boca Tacos y Tequila is accepting prepaid orders for African lion tacos, to be served starting Feb. 16. Orders must be placed by Feb. 7, and owner Bryan Mazon says there are already a few reservations. Mazon's restaurant offers exotic tacos on its menu every Wednesday and has tried "just about anything we can get our hands on." The lion tacos will cost $8.75 apiece. According to the Food and Drug Administration, game meat can be sold as long as the species isn't endangered.

No-smell test

Jeans stay clean as they can get

A student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton wore the same pair of jeans daily for 15 months without washing them. Josh Le, 20, bought the denims in September 2009 and wore them daily — and sometimes slept in them — until December 2010. He used paper towels and napkins to dab away food spills and, minus the jeans, got into the shower regularly. Every two weeks he put the jeans in a freezer overnight and there never was a trace of odor. After 15 months, Le and assistant human ecology professor Rachel McQueen ran tests on the pants and found bacteria levels were the same as any other samples.

Civil War bang

Museum recovers $50,000 revolver

A Civil War revolver that was stolen more than 30 years ago from the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va., has turned up again. Collections manager Catherine Wright told WTVR-TV that the .36-caliber Spiller & Burr revolver was stolen in 1975 when the museum collection was moved to a new building. A woman in Knoxville, Tenn., discovered the gun in December in her late father's belongings. The Spiller & Burr revolver was one of the first Confederate-manufactured handguns. This one is valued at $50,000.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

The skinny: Military tries to shape policy on women's body armor 01/20/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:15pm]
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