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 an 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.