Future Soldiers Could Go to War Wearing Fish-Scale Armor

Piranha have a well-earned reputation for being able and willing to eat just about anything in their path. One of the few exceptions is the Arapaima, a six-foot long, 300-pound Amazonian predator with bony scales capable of withstanding the toothy onslaught. Researchers are now working to adapt the Arapaima's defenses… » 2/11/12 1:00am 2/11/12 1:00am

Futuristic Dinosaur Eel Fish Armor Would Protect Soldiers With Scales, …

A team of MIT engineers is hoping to develop tomorrow's body armor today with a fish whose family tree stretches back 96 million years. Called the Polypterus senegalus, or "dinosaur eel" to layman schlubs like me, this primitive fish still thrives in the muddy rivers of Africa, and has retained a full-body suit of… » 8/03/08 10:00am 8/03/08 10:00am

Body Armor and Fashion Collide in the Urban Security Suit

Designer Tim Smit had a vision: somehow unite people's need for personal security with fashion. So he created the Urban Security suit concept, a neoprene outfit with carefully placed kevlar panels— the biggest over the heart area. The neoprene lets you move easily, the kevlar shields your internal organs, and there's a … » 4/28/08 9:40am 4/28/08 9:40am

Slash-Proof Armored Tee Is Lightweight, Machine Washable

A uniform maker in Japan has developed a lightweight polyethylene fiber t-shirt that helps keep people protected from knife attacks. The machine-washable material has a molecular weight similar to the aramid fiber found in body armor, so its probably safe to assume it's not going to tear easily if you're doing… » 3/24/08 11:20am 3/24/08 11:20am

Gizmodo's March Madness Fantasy Gear Guide

It's that time of year again, when basketball, beer and betting join forces to create the most exciting month of sports known to man. You already called in sick, filled out your brackets and took a seat at the bar, but the following Elite Eight (plus one bonus!) are things you'll definitely need to prepare for the Big… » 3/20/08 3:30pm 3/20/08 3:30pm