07:54 GMT23 September 2020
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    A group of young scientists from Russia’s National University of Science and Technology (MISiS) developed a new protective suit for search and rescue workers.

    The suit has already been dubbed as the "superhero costume," since it's made out of fabric that doesn't burn in the fire, protects from freezing temperatures and harmful electromagnetic radiation.

    "We're now completing the process of patenting the material and hope that after testing at the end of this year, it [the suit] will be adopted by our rescue workers in the Arctic," said Professor Vadim Tarasov, the head of one of MISiS departments.

    The professor added that right now the university is carrying out the joint trials with the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations to find out what the "superhero suit" is truly capable of.

    The secret of the suit is that it has aramid fibers coated with a special magnetic alloy. This allows the suit to combine very opposite characteristics — fire and frost resistance. The suit can withstand the open flame temperature of 600 degrees Celsius and protect from the heat of up to 1,200 degrees Celsius. As for extreme cold, a person wearing the suit is safe from temperatures as low as minus 120 degrees Celsius.

    Furthermore, in addition to being extra durable (it's almost impossible to break the material), the suit creates a protective magnetic field, which supposedly helps to boost the mood and stimulate a man's vital activity. In other words, a person wearing the "superhero" costume isn't only protected from the fire, frost and electromagnetic radiation, but would also always be in a good mood, the professor said.

    MISiS scientists have been working to develop the suit for five years and this year the group received an award from the Russian government for their contribution in science and technology.

    Tarasov noted that the Russian "superhero costume" has no foreign analogues and is the only product that has such parameters in the world. 

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    extreme cold, extreme heat, suit, superhero costume, Emergency Situations Ministry, Russian National University of Science and Technology (MISiS), Russia
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