I think what a lot of people don't quite realize, is that it's becoming more and more likely that some day soon, someone's gonna be busting out the gear and actually start with the superheroics. We have the technology. Sure, it's not widely available, but it's not like we need everyone running around looking for glory.
Okay, so we're not all Tony Stark or even Bruce Wayne. So what if we can't afford high-tech gadgets or build a suit of powered armor? Well, I've got news for you: we finally have a shot!
Scientists from South Carolina, Switzerland, and even China have been working on new ideas for bullet-proofing, and there's finally something the Average Joe can afford: t-shirts. That's right, plain. Cotton. T-shirts. A recent MSNBC article has more:
The scientists started with a $5 package of plain, white T-shirts purchased at Wal-Mart, which they then cut into thin strips. They dipped those white cotton strips into a black solution of boron. After an hour, the strips were removed from the solution and baked in at oven at more than 1,000 degrees Celsius (1832 degrees Fahrenheit) for an hour. The heat ******** away anything that wasn't carbon or boron, and combined these two elements into boron carbide.
The resulting fabric is very different than the original materials that at the start of the process. It's lighter, stronger, tougher and stiffer than the original cotton, but it can still be bent, unlike normal boron carbide armor plates. The physical properties of the new fabric are still being tested, said Li, but "from our preliminary results we can say the test have been very, very promising."
"We expect that the nanowires can capture a bullet," said Li.
The former T-shirt can also block other hazards as well, such as cancer-causing ultraviolet light from the sun and even life-threatening neutrons emitted by decaying radioactive materials, said Li.
Now if only we could easily find 1800-degree ovens...