Batteries Made With Bulletproof Kevlar Fibers May Never Explode

One of the most common reasons that batteries explode and catch fire—like on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner—is because over time small conductive pathways grow inside the battery's inner structure that eventually cause it to short out with disastrous results. But Nicholas Kotov, a professor at the University of Michigan, and… »1/27/15 8:15am1/27/15 8:15am


Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Invented Kevlar, Has Died

Stephanie Kwolek, the chemist who invented the incredibly tough fiber known as Kevlar, died yesterday at the age of 90. She was definitely a "true pioneer for women in science," as DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman noted, and her contributions to engineering and life-saving technology will ensure her memory lives on. »6/21/14 10:44am6/21/14 10:44am

A Backpack Made Of Kevlar Could Protect You In A War Zone

In the U.S. most of us are lucky enough to have never lived in a combat zone or area of extreme violence where our personal safety is always at risk. But this backpack was designed for that scenario. The Rhino Skin pack is made of Kevlar and is meant to protect vital organs against flying debris created by an… »7/21/13 7:27pm7/21/13 7:27pm

The Moto X Might Have a 4.5-inch Screen and a Back Made from Kevlar (Updated)

Motorola and Google both don't even care about keeping the Moto X a secret, plastering it on its August 1st announcement invitation and letting Eric Schmidt bandy around with the thing, so hey, don't be surprised if a few details of the phone leaks. The Verge and @evleaks are reporting that the Moto X will have a… »7/19/13 8:08pm7/19/13 8:08pm

This Bike Made from Kevlar and Fiberglass Might Be the Fastest Bike Ever

It doesn't even look like a bike but according to the wild mind of world-renowned cyclist Graeme Obree, it might be the fastest bike ever. Made from kevlar and fiberglass, the Beastie will be used at the World Human Powered Speed Challenge where Obree wants to break the world record of 82.8 mph. 83 miles per hour on… »7/02/13 10:30pm7/02/13 10:30pm

Bulletproof Handkerchief: Snot-Drenched Protection For the Discerning Pimp

The word "gentleman" comes up a lot when talking about pocket squares, but the way I see it, only a pimp would stuff a huge handkerchief made of military-grade Kevlar into their purple suit pocket. Obviously, a square of fabric would not offer the same level of protection as a full vest, so any pimp wearing one is… »10/09/08 11:30am10/09/08 11:30am

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… »4/28/08 9:40am4/28/08 9:40am

Swiss FusionMan Flies With Kevlar, Fiberglass Wings and Probably a High Dose of Cheese and Wine

Let's hear it for the Swiss, who are probably seen as the most boring of Europeans. Remember Orson Welles' character, Harry Lime, in The Third Man? "In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they… »4/17/07 10:25am4/17/07 10:25am