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‘Custard’ Stops Bullets in Their Tracks

Can liquid armor stand up to the force of a speeding bullet?

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When a gun is fired at the material, these particles instantly turn rigid, effectively absorbing the pressure from the bullet.

British scientists have developed a new form of defense to keep soldiers and police officers safe and bullet-free.

They call it “bullet-proof custard.”

This new liquid armor is thought to be even more effective in protecting against speeding bullets than the currently used Kevlar vests. Not only that, but it is lighter and thinner, which makes it more comfortable and easier to move in.

Watch how it works:

There are nanoparticles floating in the liquid armor. When a gun is fired at the material, these particles instantly turn rigid, effectively absorbing the pressure from the bullet.

This armor has been tested with fire ball-bearing bullets at 1,000 feet per second!

That’s some tough custard.

Read More:

  • British Designed ‘Bulletproof Custard’ Liquid Armor is Better Than Kevlar Vest (PopSci)
  • Liquid Armor ‘Can Stop Bullets’ (BBCNews)

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Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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