As any soldier will tell you, when it comes to combat, the ability to protect yourself is far more important than the ability to harm someone else.
This is why most army’s from most country’s focus on providing their soldiers with the best possible form of protection against all sorts of weapons.
While protection from melee weapons, bullets and blasts is relatively simple to achieve, when it comes to more complicated weapons like chemical and biological agents, the protection also needs to become more sophisticated.
This new sophisticated type of protection comes in the form of a special material being developed by the scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
This material is a flexible polymer membrane made up of Carbon Nanotubes, which wraps around the skin easily, forming a protective second skin against all types of attacks.
The entire structure is inspired from, and resembles the pores of the human skin. Although you wouldn’t be able to discern that from the looks of it, as the pores are atleast 5000 times smaller than a human hair.
It was very important for the researchers to make the material function at that size, since anything larger that that would have left enough gap for most bacteria’s and viruses to pass through.
Thankfully, despite it’s small size, the material still leaves enough space that the water vapor released from the skin can pass through, which is important as it lets the skin breath easily.
The only reason why this technology hasn’t already been deployed to the troops is because the researchers still have to find a way to block chemical agents, which can be even smaller than bacteria’s and viruses.
We don’t yet know what approach will they take in resolving this issue or how long it will take to make it operational, but we will surely be keeping an eye on it, with a promise to keep you updated with all the latest developments.