Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Elastic Water

Nature published a report on a cool new material comprised of 95% water and some clay and organic material. The result is "elastic water" (EW), an extremely elastic and transparent jelly-like substance.

EW was produced in light of emphasis on reducing dependency on fossil-fuel energy. EW could be used to create plastics without the use of petroleum while having the ability to mould into shape-persistent, free-standing objects. It also preserves biologically active proteins for catalysis, meaning it could help wounded tissue to remain closed.

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