Clumsy and careless people, rejoice! It’s time to permanently say goodbye to your cracked smartphone screens. An awesome new solution has just surfaced – and it’s been discovered by accident.
According to recent reports, a new type of polymer glass that mends itself when pressed together is currently in development, as of this writing.
A self-healing polymer glass is now being developed by researchers.
The technology is presently being developed by the University of Tokyo after a student discovered it by accident. The developers say the glass can heal itself from cracks and breaks.
Made from low weight polymer, the “polyther-thioureas” glass automatically repairs itself.
The research has recently been published in Science and University of Tokyo’s Professor Takuzo Aida, research leader, says the tech could be potentially used for smartphones and other devices.
“High mechanical robustness and healing ability tend to be mutually exclusive,” explained the researchers.
They were also quick to point out that other healable materials have already been invented (such as rubber and plastic) but “in most cases, heating to high temperatures, on the order of 120°C or more, to reorganize their cross-linked networks, is necessary for the fractured portions to repair.”
The self-healing glass was accidentally discovered by Yu Yanagisawa, a graduate school student.
The Guardian tells us that Yanagisawa was originally “preparing the material as a glue” but found out that when the polymer surface was cut, “the edges would adhere to each other, healing to form a strong sheet after being manually compressed for 30 seconds at 21°C.”
In an NHK interview, Yanagisawa shared:
“I hope the repairable glass becomes a new environment-friendly material that avoids the need to be thrown away if broken.”
Well, we really hope this tech becomes widely available soon. It would be awesome when that happens!
In the mean time, those of you with cracked screens can check out these cool “remedies” instead.
21 Psychological Tricks That Can Help You Read People’s Minds
Don’t you know that much of our ability to tap into someone else’s feelings and emotions is through reading nonverbal emotional expressions?
If we are given superpowers, it is safe to assume that most of us would want to have the ability to read minds. In reality, however, this 'power' doesn't have to be fiction - it can be very achievable. Some read other people’s minds using intuition, but there are those who do it by reading a person’s body language.
Science tells us that human beings are capable of acquiring information (around 55 percent) through nonverbal communication. This includes gestures, mimics, and body movements, among many others. Using these will allow you to unmask a person and understand what they feel or think.
Below are signals that you must pay attention to, as they can help you unravel an individual’s mystery.
3 Reasons Why Commercial Airplanes Are Usually Colored White
Have you ever been curious as to why commercial planes are usually white?
You may have read on the reason behind airplane windows not aligned with the seats or why they are oval-shaped and not square-shaped. But have you ever wondered why you never see colorful commercial airplanes flying up in the sky?
If you’re curious enough to have asked such a question in your life, then the answers have finally arrived. And there are three reasons why white should be the primary color for airplanes and it has something to do with physics, safety, and financial reasons.
The color white provides a thermal advantage.
Russia Wants to Build a Five-Star Hotel on the International Space Station by 2022
It’s certainly targeted towards the one-percenter.
With the hospitality industry in an intense competition and when it seems that there's nothing more to improve on the concept of luxury hotels, here comes Russia with a VERY ambitious plan - a five-star hotel ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.
Yes, you read that correctly. Russia wants to welcome space tourists on the ISS by 2022 and Russian space agency Roscosmos has already started looking at plans for the structure. They want the 'luxury orbital suite' to have four private cabins complete with personal portholes which the tourists can use to look down on Earth while aboard.
The luxury structure will resemble the Science and Power Module.
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