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In the debut episode of the Wired Masterminds season, Jonna Mendez, former Head of Disguise at the CIA (an epic job title, in fairness), explains how masquerade is used in espionage. To wit:

With women, you have a broader range of what you can do. You also have one extra step: you can turn a woman into a man. I would mention that it’s almost impossible to turn a man into a woman. What we do is always additive — we can make you taller, we can make you heavier, we can make you older — we can’t go the other direction. You want to be the person that gets on the elevator and then gets off and nobody even remembers that you were really there. That is a design goal at the disguise labs at CIA.



A photo taken by Canadian farmer Liezel Kennedy which looks, at first, like empty Saskatchewan winter tundra…


…but turns out…


…on closer examination.



…to contain 550 sheep.

Initially believing her flock to have scarpered, Kennedy says that she only spotted the ovine ninjas once she got within 50 feet of them.

It’s a problem she also faces in Spring and Summer.



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The PL-01 tank, a three-crew 35-ton concept stealth tank designed by OBRUM and BAE Systems to avoid infrared missiles using  a mesh of thermal tiles that change their temperature to match the environment.

A fully functional prototype is expected by 2016.