When condoms are made with grass

Feb 15, 2016 | written by:

Sex is beautiful and when safe it is awesome. Again, it’s Mother Nature who helps us to reduce potentially transmissible diseases and to spread the culture of safe sex. (Ah, thank goodness there's her! If not ... someone should invent her!).

Australian researchers at the University of Queensland have found a way to make latex condoms thinner, stronger, and more flexible than anything else on the market. The scientists extracted nanocellulose from a native variety of grass, spinifex, and used it as an additive in ordinary latex rubber. It turns out that adding the natural nanoparticles to rubber actually enhances the latex’s natural properties.

The changes that this discovery could made are: reduce condom thickness by 30%, as thin as a human hair; an improved resistance to breakage of 20%; prices would also likely drop due to the decreased amount of latex needed to produce each condom, making them more affordable for the people who need them most. This could be the first step toward overcoming some of the most common complaints about condoms reducing sensation during sex, enhance safety by making them less likely to break and even help fight HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and make contraception more widely available worldwide.

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