Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have found a way to make tiny artificial threads tougher, which could help make body armor, airplanes and other products stronger and lighter.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports the new nanofiber discovered by the UNL team could be one of the toughest materials on earth.
Engineering professor Yuris Dzenis says the new material could be used in almost any structure that's designed to withstand loads.
Body armor would be one possible use for the new fiber because bulletproof vests could get stronger and lighter.
The fiber the UNL scientists found is a synthetic polymer related to acrylic that's both strong and tough and can be made any length.
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