Technology: Stopping Bullets with Nylon

To prove a point in the most graph ic way, Czech-born Engineer Jan V.

Weinberger of Ottawa once shielded himself with a sheet of nylon and let a Canadian soldier jab at him with a bayonet. Anyone would have thought him mad. But the bayonet scarcely dented the fabric.

Weinberger is the proud inventor of a new nylon "body armor" — a 1/8-in.-thick fabric that holds great promise for wide use in war, law enforcement and industry. According to Davis Air craft Products Inc., the Long Island firm which is producing and developing it, the material is 48% more effective than...

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