Does wearing a pair of pants woven from the mucky slime produced by a nervous hagfish sound awesome to you? ...Yeah, it's not really a turn on for us, either. That's not stopping researchers at Canada's Guelph University from working to make that possibility an utterly vile reality by transforming the thick, mucus-like strands of sticky slime produced by hagfish as a defense mechanism into a super-strong fabric of the future.
Military Uniform Of The Future Will Repel Chemical and Biological Weapons, Still Working On Repelling BulletsScientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are hard at work developing the next generation of materials for military uniforms. While we're not quite to space age full plates with jet pack attachments yet, some of the models researchers are experimenting with are pretty cool. Case in point? This carbon nanotube fabric that detects and repels attacks from chemical and biological weapons like nerve gas. Still working on a uniform that is also bullet and explosion repellent, but hey, it's a start.