We’ve already discussed several options for improvised zombie armor. Duct tape, leather, and heavy clothing can all defend well against the limited jaw strength of the undead. But a new innovation by researchers at the University of South Carolina has lead to the possibility of a simple t-shirt becoming impenetrable body armor.
Study lead, Dr. Xiaodong Li, had this to say about his team’s work:
“This groundbreaking new study opens up unprecedented opportunities.”
By combining the soft carbon in a standard cotton shirt with boron, the same substance used to fortify tanks, a new lightweight, super-strong and ultra-tough material was created. And though boron is one of the toughest materials on the planet, the transformed shirts were still flexible enough to bend, a major improvement over the heavy plates currently used in bulletproof vests and body armor.
Though there is still a long way to go before we’ll find t-shirt armor on retail shelves, this new advancement in personal defense and survival technology is promising to say the least.