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The orange goo so tough you can
wrap it round your fingers and hit
them with a hammer without feel-
ing pain... and it´s the latest thing
for protecting our tech gadgets

Daily Mail [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/12/2013 10:45:20 AM

An orange goo that looks like the children´s toy silly putty seems an unlikely material to protect valuable technology products. Yet this strange gel, also known as D3O, behaves very differently under sudden impact, as the molecules of this ´non-Newtonian polymer´ lock together, immediately dissipating the force of a blow. These characteristics make the goo an ideal product for a variety of protective purposes and it is now being used by a British company in protecting cell phones and computers.[Snip]The patented gel was invented by British scientist Richard Palmer after a skiing accident in 1999. It is a non-Newtonian fluid

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My first thought--hurricane shutters. All kinds of great possibilities. Oh--my knees if I fall again!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: HotRodLincoln, 1/12/2013 11:36:13 AM     (No. 9112600)

football helmets?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: provide, 1/12/2013 11:49:48 AM     (No. 9112619)

Athletic cups.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Voxpop, 1/12/2013 11:51:47 AM     (No. 9112626)

"Richard Palmer"?
Sure.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 1/12/2013 1:08:11 PM     (No. 9112791)

This is a beutiful example of arcane science becoming useful product. No-newtonian liquids resist change, but they do change. The deformation cannot occur quickly but if a force is added slowly the non newtonian liquid will deform to absorb the impact. If the force is too rapid, faster than the deformation then the material absorbs the impact like a solid.

Silly Putty is the perfect example, roll it, squish it stretch it its just a putty. But hit it with a hammer and it shatters like glass. Google silly putty shattering for scores of youtube videos of this. Its pretty neat.

This material is the same except it does not shatter thus offering protection .

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kOok, 1/12/2013 2:47:32 PM     (No. 9112949)

Just the ticket for my new Bat-Armor!

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