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Patents for Staying Alive 

By Marcus Chan - 2013-10-04T02:04:03Z

Photograph by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

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Suicide Bombers

It's a nightmare scenario: A suicide bomber has reached his target. Trying to disable or kill him may cause detonation of the explosives, resulting in severe harm or death to those nearby.

The weapon described in U.S. Patent No. 8,468,925 attempts to simultaneously control the bomber and contain the "person-borne improvised explosive device" if it goes off.