13 may. 2014

Has the Age of the Cyborg Arrived?




A new plastic material, inspired by the clotting action of human blood, has been created by engineers at the University of Illinois.



The plastic contains a network of "capillaries" that mimic the action of blood vessels in the human body, delivering chemicals to "heal" and repair damaged plastic "tissue."



The designers of the new polymer envisage that it could be utilised to restore cracked phone screens or electronic chips in laptops, but the possibilities could be applied to an unlimited array of plastic items. Water pipes, sports equipment, homewares and appliances, car parts, even satellites could repair themselves in space.



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