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New plastic automatically repairs itself

from Eureka

Researchers have announced a 'self healing' plastic that can automatically repair itself and stop the growth of micro-cracks. The source of inspiration was the caoutchouc tree hevea brasiliensis and plants that conduct latex, such as the Weeping Benjamin. The latex contains capsules filled with the protein hevein. If the caoutchouc tree is damaged, the latex escapes and the capsules break open to release hevein, which also links the latex particles in the latex to form a wound closure. more


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