Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Skin Of My Cyber Body Will Be A Self Healing Polymer | #BreathOfTheMachineGod

The idea of self healing materials has been a mainstay in science fiction and comic books for decades. Now thanks to a man named Mark Burnworth, fiction takes one more step into reality.

In a recent issue of Nature, Mr. Burnworth and his colleagues report a developing a type of self-healing material. Burnworth’s polymeric material doesn’t function on the basis of forming chemical bonds between organic compounds for repair, instead, it relies on localized heating to cause the metallic polymer's molecules to reform and interlink with a comparable durability to the original.

The chromophoric metal absorbs light and then give off heat from that energy. The metal then becomes liquid and can quickly cool causing the break in the molecular chain to heal itself. The healing process can even be localized and works when under load.

This means that within 50 to 60 years, we can see a light weight bodysuit that can heal surface abrasions. Or T-1000 as your bodyguard.

Source: Ars Technica

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