- Some scientists work on defence projects. Some don't.
- Many defence projects are beneficial to humanity, and do not involve making weapons. (A big chunk of the internet and development of personal computers was defence funded, for example.)
- I get really annoyed when people say things like ``scientists shouldn't be doing <blank>, they should be studying <blank>.'' Different research areas require entirely different skill sets. The scientists in question study materials. They would be no better at curing diseases than you or I would be.
- ``bullet stopping'' is a good headline, and
- the lab had a grant from the Pentagon.
But seriously, stopping bullets is the only thing you can think of doing with this? How about a shatter-proof coating for windows (or glassware, for that matter)? How about lining the inner-tubes of tires with this to make them more puncture-resistant?
Thank you! You just saved me a lot of typing! I also get tired of people clumping scientists all together but maybe that is caused by lack of knowledge on the part of the person who does it. I think that a shatter-proof coating for windows as you suggested would be a good idea.