For those of us who want a little extra “protection”, or more practically for those in the law enforcement, a relatively new break-through could offer bullet-proof protection in a light weight cotton undershirt application.
A group of scientists published a paper in scientific journal Advance Materials where they presented a method to reinforce a standard cotton t-shirt with boron carbide (the third-hardest known material at room temperature), making it strong but still flexible and light weight.
One possible application for this superman-like cotton material is making more comfortable, light weight, and cooler bullet-proof vests.
The details of how the scientists create the super-strength fabric is detailed in this Science Daily article from last year, but the topic resurfaced recently in an article about technology advances that will help us prevent future terrorist attacks.
Kinda reminds me of the no-longer manufactured Armor Tee, but then again, that product wasn’t made out of near bullet-proof cotton and the manufacturing costs sounded like they were pretty significant.
This boron-cotton fabric seems like it has some potential.