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March 01, 2009

Nifty Gel 'Armor'

Imagine all the civilian applications for this stuff.

The gel, called d3O locks instantly into a solidified form when it is hit at high impact.

"When moved slowly, the molecules will slip past each other, but in a high-energy impact they will snag and lock together, becoming solid," said Richard Palmer, who invented the gel. "In doing so they absorb energy."

The original intent was to improve the performance of soldiers' helmets but is already being used in sports equipment. Gotta love military tech breakthroughs.

Picture at the link. Thanks to Man Of Substance.

UPDATE: Video below the fold.


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