Weaving wool into Kevlar improves the energy and water absorption of the synthetic textile, potentially making bulletproof vests more comfortable and more affordable, according to researchers in Australia.
Tightly woven wool reduces the number of Kevlar layers required to stop a bullet from 36 to 30, and wool's water-absorption qualities could make Kevlar more effective in wet situations.
Liquid armor has been shown to stop bullets more effectively than plain Kevlar, according to British firm BAE Systems. The material could be used to make thinner, lighter armor for military personnel and police officers, the BBC reports.
Materials scientists combined a shear-thickening liquid with traditional Kevlar to make a bulletproof material that absorbs the force of a bullet strike by becoming thicker and stickier.
By Jenny EverettPosted 06.19.2003 at 12:33 pm 0 Comments
Small and light gadgets can make a journey easier, but sometimes
performance and features get squeezed out in the bargain. What we have here are tech toys for vacationing that are among the smallest and most versatile in their classes, like the tiny 3-megapixel Nikon (shown) which helps you compose even the toughest travel shots. The priorities are the same for luggage: You want innovations to ease the schlep-because it's not a real vacation if you don't buy a lot of cool stuff to cram into your suitcase for the trip home.
1. Take Windows with You