Now, a stab and flame-proof fabric that is as light as wool

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Melbourne, Sept 12 : Kiwi scientists have developed a revolutionary new fabric, which is stab and flame resistant - and is as light as wool.

According to Dr Peter Ingham, a scientist at the New Zealand government-owned research group AgResearch, the new fabric is tough, could withstand a blowtorch, and has many commercial applications.

The researchers said that it was expected to do a good job protecting soldiers from flying shrapnel and could be worn by prison wardens to help protect them from possible attacks by inmates.

"It looks like a milled woollen material but it is made using a new technology,'' quoted him, as saying.

"There have been inquiries from New Zealand Post to prevent puncture wounds from dog bites," he added.

The fabric is made by combining knitted Vectran, an ultra-high strength polymer, with wool fibres.

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