An ordinary cotton T-shirt can be converted into body armour, thanks to scientists from South Carolina, Switzerland and China.  They combined the carbon in the cotton with boron to create a tough, lightweight fabric of boron carbide, the same material used to protect tanks.

Available at Wal-Mart, the treated T-shirt would be not only bulletproof, but also resistant to ultraviolet light from the sun and life-threatening neutrons emitted by decaying radioactive materials. The research could lead to more comfortable body armour for soldiers and police.

It could even be used to produce lightweight, fuel-efficient cars and aircraft. The modified T-shirt can also block other hazards, such as ultraviolet rays and even life-threatening neutrons emitted by radioactive materials, said Xiaodong Li, a scientist at the University of South Carolina.

Via Times of India