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Bam! Science Inspired by Superheroes

By Eric Roston - 2013-12-17T14:48:54Z

Photograph by 20th Century Fox Film Corp./Everett Collection

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Fantastic Four -- Human Torch Uniform

A member of the Fantastic Four, Johnny Storm is the burning bush of superheroes, on fire but never consumed. 

Flame-resistance has been with us for decades. Nomex, developed by DuPont in the early 1960s, is used by soldiers, firefighters and racecar drivers, where fire-resistance is critical. Unlike conventional fabrics, which tend to continue to burn when removed from fire, Nomex extinguishes itself. 

Left, Fantastic Four, 2005