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May 19, 2014 AT 6:00 am

This New Plastic Is Self-Healing

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BBC has a story on a new self-healing plastic that functions similarly to human blood-clotting. The development sounds like it could lead to new levels of DIY repair.

A new plastic that “heals itself” has been designed, meaning your cracked phone screen or broken tennis racquet could mend its own wounds.

The polymer automatically patches holes 3cm wide, 100 times bigger than before.

Inspired by the human blood clotting system, it contains a network of capillaries that deliver healing chemicals to damaged areas.

The new material, created by engineers at the University of Illinois, is described in Science journal.

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