U.S. Army funds body armor inspired by fish scales
Newsweek - 04/07/2015
The current body armour used by the U.S. military is primarily made of Kevlar, a high-strength synthetic fibre first developed in the 1960s. A Polish company recently announced it had developed a liquid for use in body armour which could provide more protection than traditional Kevlar-based armour. The liquid, called Shear-Thickening Fluid, hardens upon impact and disperses the impact of a bullet across a wider area in order to prevent damage to internal organs.
Biomimicry is the process of copying naturally-occurring materials to provide solutions to human problems. Researchers at Northeastern University in Boston are currently researching how to combine properties adapted from fish scales with those of snakes and butterflies in next-generation body armour.