By David Ponce
No, no. This isn’t about a bulletproof vest that also gives you washboard abs. That picture really has nothing to do with what this is about. Well, not much anyway.
The story is that some R&D dudes at an Israeli company called ApNano (well, it’s headquartered in NYC, but the research is done in Israel) have developed a material that could very well become the armor of the future. It is “five times stronger than steel and at least twice as strong as any impact-resistant material currently in use as protective gear”.
To put this in perspective, consider this
a sample of the ApNano material was subjected to severe shocks generated by a steel projectile traveling at velocities of up to 1.5 km/second. The material withstood the shock pressures generated by the impacts of up to 250 tons per square centimeter. This is approximately equivalent to dropping four diesel locomotives onto an area the size of one’s fingernail.
Right now the company is only able to produce a few kilograms of the stuff each day, but there are plans for mass production.
Tons more info here.