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Plastic heals itself, could make gadgets drop-proof

from Fellow GEEK

You just got a brand-new tablet. It's fast, it's sleek, and — oops — it's broken. You dropped it and its plastic shell has cracked. Or maybe you got lucky and there's only a gigantic, ugly gash in its side. We've all been there, experiencing the woe of a broken gadget case. But we might not have to worry about it for too much longer. New research has led to the creation of plastic that heals itself much like skin does, by bleeding. A team of Researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg is responsible for the breakthrough. The new plastic's trick relies on the plastic being designed a bit like a web of chain. When the plastic gets scratched, the chains in that area are severed. more

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