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d3o lab

Say hello to the new Spidey suit. Richard Palmer, snowboarding enthusiast and director of the d3o Lab in Hove, England, has helped design a flexible, foamlike fabric called d3o that hardens on impact. The material is already used to safeguard soccer players, snowboarders, and motorcyclists; the U.S. Olympic ski team wore d3o-enhanced gear at the 2006 Winter Games. The Superhero Suit is a d3o outfit that doubles as protective armor. New uses for the material appear constantly, so far leading to better soccer balls, ballet toe shoes, and equestrian gear, and future innovations will bring improved gear for soldiers, firefighters, and other costumed crime fighters.

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