Researchers from the North Carolina State University and the U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Center have developed something that sounds like it comes out of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. They allegedly built a "super-strong" foam that would protect anyone who wears it from bullets.
The layer of foam introduced by the researchers is said to be unheavy due and is possible through "composite metal structures" abbreviated as CMFs that ensures its light-weightedness. The video the researchers have released shows an armor-piercing bullet being fired at the foam and obliterating the bullet to nothing more than dust. The 'armor' is just an inch thick.
According to WashingtonNewsWire, the foam is composed of a "blend of fired strike confront, a center layer of CMF and a Kevlar backing."
The man behind the metal foam is Afsaneh Rabiei, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at N.C. State and has spent quite a few years testing out the CMFs. He says, "We could stop the bullet at a total thickness of less than an inch while the indentation on the back was less than 8 millimeters."
The research team says the CMF plating has many uses that would include space travel, transporting of nuclear waste and the obvious kevlar to protect people in the military. Allegedly, the CMFs can also function in high temperatures and block x-ray, gamma-ray, and neutron radiation, according to Discovery News.