25 Jun '13, 8pm

Whoa, this high-tech textile REPAIRS its own rips and tears

Although scientists in other parts of the world have created self-repairing plastics that protect metals from corrosion, particularly in the automotive industry, a textile that heals itself is still a novel idea. The adhesion could still use some work, but Jahren and her team are testing different types of bonding agents to maximize the effectiveness and strength of the microcapsules. “We still don’t know what will happen if the tears are more than a couple of millimeters long, or whether rain will wash away the glue,” Jahren adds.

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