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Friday
Jul062012

Necklace Saves Florida Man from Stray Bullet

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) -- A 74-year-old man has a Bible verse-inscribed necklace to thank after the steel bauble apparently saved him from serious injury from a randomly-fired bullet.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Richard Smeraldo was watching the Fourth of July fireworks at the Safety Harbor Marina in Florida when the bullet fell from the sky, struck through his nose and chin -- missing all bone -- and bore down on his breastbone, only to be blocked by the necklace.

The small steel necklace was a gift from his daughter, who recently survived cancer treatment, and Smeraldo had it engraved with his late mother's favorite Bible verse: "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you."

Smeraldo was well enough to play tennis the day after getting some stitches to his chin and nostril.

"So, thank you mom," the victim told the paper.

Cops are still searching for whoever fired the shot.

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Wednesday
Feb012012

Sandia Labs’ Self-Guided Bullet for Future Soldiers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- War is ugly, chaotic business, and even the best shot in the U.S. military often misses in the heat of battle. Tests show that the average rifle bullet, aimed at a target half a mile away, will miss by 30 feet.

Two engineers at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico report they have designed a self-guided bullet, a little like a miniaturized, low-budget guided missile.

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“It’s a bullet that can change its flight path so that it can more accurately hit a target at long range,” said Red Jones, one of the two researchers, in an interview with ABC News.  He and Brian Kast assembled a small team to work on the project.  Both Jones and Kast happen to be hunters.

Here’s how it works: Conventional gun barrels have grooves in them that set a bullet spinning for stability.  Watch Eli Manning or Tom Brady throw a tight spiral at Sunday’s Super Bowl and you’ll see the same principle at work.

The spiral helps, but a bullet still loses altitude and -- even at supersonic speed -- can be thrown slightly off course. Jones and Kast replaced the grooves with tiny fins, which can correct the bullet’s path in midair so that it will follow a laser beam from the soldier’s gun sight.

Jones said the new bullet can make course corrections 30 times per second -- and while conventional bullets might miss the target by 30 feet, their patent says the guided bullet would hit within eight inches of its target.

It meant adding some miniature electronics and a battery to each bullet, which, of course, adds to the cost -- but just one smart bullet that hits its target, researchers say, could be cheaper than a hail of bullets that go astray.

Sandia, owned by the U.S. Department of Energy and operated by Lockheed Martin, says it is looking for commercial partners to develop the new bullet for mass production. Potential customers include the military and law enforcement, Sania said, and perhaps hunters as well.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar292011

FBI Investigates Possible Bullet Hole in US Airways Plane

USAir dot com(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The FBI is investigating a small hole found in a US Airways 737 jetliner at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. Officials believe it's a bullet hole but they are unsure of how it got there, a law enforcement source said.

The round hole is about the size of a nickel and is located on the left side of the aircraft toward the tail, US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr said.

It was discovered Monday during a standard pre-flight inspection by the pilot and the plane was taken out of service for the maintenance team to investigate, Mohr said.

The airline called authorities to investigate the hole because it appeared to be caused by a bullet.

The plane is in maintenance and will likely return to service this evening, a source told ABC News. The source also said that a "a little bullet hole is nothing" for a plane like this and that it is possible the crew would have noticed no significant changes if the plane were hit in mid-flight.

The direction of the plane's approach to Charlotte is unclear but there is a police firing range in the vicinity of the airport, creating some speculation that the hole might have been caused by an errant bullet from the range.

The plane flew from Philadelphia to Charlotte Monday before the hole was discovered. Because pre-flight visual inspections are standard procedure, the hole either did not exist before takeoff or was missed during the inspection.

The US Airways maintenance crew in Charlotte has experience with bullet holes. A pilot accidentally discharged his pistol in 2008 during landing on a trip from Denver to Charlotte. The aircraft was forced to spend days in Charlotte for repairs.

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