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K
imm Groshong, a sci-
ence writer in California,
penned an article titled
“Unbreakable” for the June 15, 2007
edition of
New Scientist
. She filled
much of the article examining and
extolling the amazing capabilities
of certain well-designed structur-
al components. The components
she analyzed possess an intriguing
adhesive, referred to in the article
as “self-healing glue.” This amaz-
ing glue has the ability to allow
less important bonds to be bro-
ken, so that crucial structures can
flex without breaking, and then
re-bond the broken bonds when
stress and pressure are relaxed.
Groshong noted that knowledge
of the technology involved in the
self-healing adhesive “could lead to
new high-performance equipment,
vehicles and even radical space
hardware ranging from inflatable
moon habitats to space-elevator
cables” (194[2607]:43-45).
What company is responsi-
ble for this astounding
material? What
brilliant minds
converged to
produce such
advanced
technology? What genius devised
the intricate workings of self-heal-
ing adhesives that have capabilities
which surpass the designs and
inventions of thousands of bril-
liant scientists for the last several
years? No human company and no
human scientists made this tech-
nology a reality. The self-healing
adhesive is a property and capabili-
ty of human bones, as well as other
natural structures such as shells,
spider silk, and micro-algae.
Even with brilliant men and
women applying thousands of
hours and tens of thousands of
dollars in research costs to study
nature’s self-healing glues, re-
searchers such as Paul Hansma
recognize that there is still a long
way to go. He said: “It will require a
lot of further research for people to
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