Tougher than steel and stronger than Kevlar, the new material could lead to a new class of cheap, ultra-light body armor.
Scientists have created the hardest known organic substance ever.
The technology could be used for cheap, light body armor that's stronger than steel.
The material is similar to the plaques found in patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Tougher than stainless steel and even the previous record holder, bulletproof Kevlar, a new, transparent material developed by scientists in Israel is the hardest organic nanostructure known to man.
Inspired by an unlikely source -- the beta-amyloid proteins found in patients with Alzheimer's disease -- the new material could be applied to make steel tougher and may also lead to cheaper and lighter body armor.
"In principle it may be possible," to print body armor, said Ehud Gazit, a scientist at the Tel Aviv University and a co-author of a new article in the journal Angewandte Chemie international edition.
"But we are thinking of more straightforward uses: to improve the mechanical properties of composite structures, such as ceramics and bulletproof glass," he added.