Tougher Body Armor in the Making

December 2, 2014 11:37 AM

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Tougher Body Armor in the Making

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, have figured out the secret to tougher body armor, something that is twice as effective as Kevlar. The secret behind this is the use of carbon, the most modest element and one of the most common in the entire world.

For this, the researchers made use of a laser pulse to superheat gold filaments till the point they finally vaporized, thereby acting like gunpowder to fire a micron-size glass bullet into 10 to 100 sheets of graphene at the speed of 3000 meters per second. These fire spherical "microbullets," so ge...

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