The discovery could lead to improved body armor for troops on the battlefield and police officers on the streets.

According to ABC News, the joint effort between scientists at Rice University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) looked at a complex polyurethane material that they saw was able to stop a 9 mm slug and seal its entryway. When penetrated by a tiny projectile at a high velocity, the material melted into a liquid that stopped the fast-moving object and actually sealed the hole it made.

Rice University scientist, Ned Thomas, explains how they came to discover the material's absorbent properties, how it works, and what other applications it could be used for in the video below. I will warn you though, it gets a little nerdy, and their are some big words (polystyrene-polydimethylsiloxane diblock-copolymer, anyone?), but the discovery is pretty cool and anything that could further protect our troops and police officers is always a good thing.