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U.S. Army Develops 'Lifesaving' Blast-Proof Wallpaper

22/05/2015 10:14 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:59 BST

The U.S. Army have come up with a special type of wallpaper that minimises the impact of exploding buildings.

The difference between this potentially lifesaving invention and the boring wallpaper we use at home, is that the U.S. Army's sticky lightweight fabric is fortified with Kevlar fibre threads embedded in flexible polymer film.

bombproof wallpaper

When stuck on a wall, the blast-proof wallpaper acts as a net to catch the rubble and debris that normally flies everywhere after an explosion.

Nick Boone, a research mechanical engineer with the U.S. Army said: "Without the wallpaper, a wall that is hit will rubblize...

"Ballistic wallpaper is still in the research and development stage and does not yet have an official name, but it could one day be produced and fielded and hopefully save lives."

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Another advantage is that it can also be transported easily and applied quickly.

Boone said the test phase involved engineers building unreinforced structures and actually bombing them.

The wallpaper was put on display at the Pentagon's exhibition, showing a host of other U.S. Army tech inventions.

We're not sure if this incredible ballistic wallpaper will become available to the public, so hold off redecorating just yet.

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