America’s Youngest Soldiers

drummer boy

You may think of drummer boys as cute mascots or the subject of holiday songs, but they were actually important military assets and suffered high casualty rates. This Veteran’s Day, we remember a time when America’s children answered the call to war.


Childhood ain’t what it used to be

The concept of childhood has been remarkably fluid throughout history.  Often regarded as little adults, children frequently worked hard on farms, in factories, and even in the militaries.  For example, young boys were a familiar sight in the British Navy during most of its existence.

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Happy Independence Day from AMREL!

Fourth of JulyAMREL wishes you and your family a joyous and happy Independence day!

Check out July 4th events in your area here.

Memorial Day & Wounded Warrior Project

wounded warriorThe war may be over for our veterans, but for many, healing the wounds can be a life-long struggle.

The Wounded Warrior Project works to

  • Raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women
  • Help severely injured service members aid and assist each other
  • Provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs

On this Memorial Day, as we honor the fallen, let us remember the living.

Happy Holidays

AMREL wishes you and your family abundance, happiness, and peace in a new year filled with hope.

Joyeux Noel
Feliz Navidad
Frohliche Weihnachten
敬祝聖誕, 恭賀新禧

Unmanned Turkey Systems

Turkey robot

Leg Lab’s first bipedal walking robots was Spring Turkey. “Developed as an experimental
platform for implementing force control actuation techniques, motion description and control techniques, and various walking algorithms,” there is no word as to whether it gobbled.  Far from the rarefied academic atmosphere of Cambridge, another turkey robot earns it’s keep by catching poachers for the U.S. Forest Service in Arizona.  AMREL wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, and hopes that none of the turkeys on your feasting table are mechanical.



Recycling, Earth Day, COTS & National Security

April 22 is Earth Day, a time in which we reflect on how our actions affect the environment.  These effects can be quite surprising, even dangerous.  For example, it probably never occurred to you that recycling computers could potentially hamper National Security.

To explain this bizarre chain of causality, let’s explain a few basics.  First, your computer is full of lead and lots of other nasty stuff. That’s why you are not supposed to just dump them the trash; decaying computers can pour a variety of toxins into landfills.  Secondly, your computer is full of gold and other valuable materials.  Computer disposal and recycling is a big business. You may have seen announcements, such as this one in the ARMY Times, offering cash or at least shipping costs for discarded electronics.  Computer and other electronics recycling have become standard features of church and other nonprofit fund drives. Read more

Season’s Greetings

describe the image2011 was a good year for AMREL and 2012 promises even to be better.  We have all kinds of exciting news and we can’t want to wait to tell you about it. Come to think of it, we have to; this is the last blog post of the year. In the meantime, you and your loved ones have a happy and safe holiday! See you in 2012!

Veteran’s Day

Today is Veteran’s Day, and it is appropriate that we remember all those who have fought for our freedom.  We encourage you to visit the Wounded Warrior Project and discover how you can support veterans who need our help.