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Originally posted by Zenagain
Although diamond is one of, if not "the" hardest substances on Earth, it is also extremely brittle. So no, diamond would make terrible armor.
Weight-for-weight, spider silk has a much higher tensile strength than steel, and is about five times as strong as a piece of steel of the same diameter. This enormous strength is the result of the structure and composition of the silk. Its filaments are mainly composed of a polymerised protein called fibroin made up mostly of the amino acids glycine, alanine, serine and tyrosine. This gives the silk not only its strength, but also a fantastic elasticity.
Originally posted by Falconer13
Armor made purely of diamond would not be very feasible for kinetic armor, but it does have applications against energy weapons. Diamond has an incredible heatsink capability,