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Funny Video: Hitting Person in Head With Shovel Protected by D3O Material

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So we all remember at some point skinning our knees or bashing in our elbows while doing something physically active, whether riding a bike and falling off it, or tripping over a rock while on a brisk jog, or even say while sparring in a martial art. Needless to say, it hurts. Then sometimes there’s the matter of a medical bill if you’d happened to have really busted something, maybe shattered a bone or bruised something really sensitive– we’ll call it a spleen– that’s really causing you some misery.

Or maybe some crazy television reporter’s just taken a shovel to you.
Well, there’s a material that’s promising to keep you smiling after a bad faceplant.

Their material, called d3o, has been in development and in use actually for the past couple of

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years, having been used for the US and Canadian ski teams’ protective gear during the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics. It’s a lightweight and flexible material that hardens instantly after a harsh impact, absorbing the impact energy instantly.

Now if any of you remember stories about Flubber or the Oobleck from Dr. Seuss lore or even the Oobleck from your 5th grade science class, this might sound something familiar. That’s because this material is a shear-thickening fluid, an example of a class of curiosities called Non-Newtonian fluids. Basically, it’s well-blended particles mixed with a liquid that flows at low stress levels, but as soon as a strong, sudden impact happens, all those solid particles get thrown together by the impact energy and the liquid no longer flows between such tightly packed spaces– the liquid instantly becomes stiff and unyielding like a solid.

You can test this yourself by just mixing a load of cornstarch with some water, kinda like these guys in Barcelona, Spain:

Now if only you could just make the cornstarch invisible for the most epic Jesus costume act ever. O:)


4 Comments

  1. Comments  Foose   |  Sunday, 13 September 2009 at 7:25 PM

    servbot_kill! i might ask you to wear some of that orange jesus juice because you have yet to suffer a serious accident…or injury…

  2. Comments  Naota   |  Sunday, 13 September 2009 at 7:29 PM

    Lol. I totally wanna roll from one side of that pool to the other… then i remember that it looks like semen.

  3. Comments  DarkKnightH20   |  Sunday, 13 September 2009 at 11:03 PM

    Does that mean you also would want to slowly sink into said semen? You would be the first man in the world, other than Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Junior, to get pregnant…

    AND LOL @ how Firefox’s built-in dictionary knows Arnold’s last name.

  4. Comments  servbot_kill!   |  Monday, 14 September 2009 at 12:26 PM

    lol @ Foose- orange Jesus juice. And yes, I will wear some of that because I don’t know anymore when you’ll try and ambush me with a 2×4. @_@

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