Bill Gates to spark life in condom industry

Bill Gates is leading the campaign to create stronger and thinner condoms, by using a new "wonder material".

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a grant to scientists at the new National Graphene Institute in Manchester to create new condoms that would be mixed with latex to produce a material that encourages use by "enhancing sensation".

Graphene is the thinnest and strongest material known and is more often linked to potentially revolutionising products such as smartphones and broadband.

Despite being only one atom thick, it is amazingly strong - noted as being 200 times stronger than steel, while being more conductive than copper.

Dr Papa Salif Sow, senior program officer on the HIV team at the foundation, said a redesigned condom could help overcome fumbling or perceived loss of pleasure.

Lead research Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan added: "If this project is successful, we might have [an everyday] use which will literally touch our everyday life in the most intimate way."