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Mar 30, 2012, 06.25 PM IST | Source: Tech2.com

Plastic that heals itself... next Step Terminator T1000

Until now, plastics re-forming and taking their former shapes after breakage was only possible in Steven Spielberg's ...

Until now, plastics re-forming and taking their former shapes after breakage was only possible in Steven Spielberg's science fiction movies. But in this, the 21st Century dreams and wild imaginations are slowly becoming a reality. Thanks to the latest developments by a research team led by Professor Marek W. Urban at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, we could be looking at a whole new revolution in the field of plastic. The team showcased a new kind of plastic material at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. The claim made was that this new material “bleeds” and then heals itself just like the human skin which repairs itself naturally after it’s been wounded. Think of the Terminator T1000, or at least, some sort of predecessor made from plastic and not as sophisticated. This new form of plastic, when damaged will depict a reddish hue and can be healed when exposed o light. It will even work in ambient temperature or pH levels, which makes it that much more interesting.

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