Slug mucus could pave the way for a new glue to seal wounds and stop internal bleeding, a new study found.
A new class of tissue glue, created by scientists at the Harvard University, could help close up wounds, particularly in hard-to-reach parts of the body. Dubbed as Tough Adhesives, this man-made bio-glue have been tested on a pig’s heart. Soon, this super glue could eventually be a staple in the operating theater.
Tough Adhesives can seal off wounds even on vital organs, such as the heart.
The University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering turned to the “Dusky Arion” slug, which creates its slime in defense against predators. Scientifically known as the Arion subfuscus, this slug has a super power – it could release a glue-like substance and stick itself to wet surfaces when threatened. However, even though it’s glued to the surface, it still remains bendy – a characteristic that is needed in sealing wounds and openings on organs inside the body.
The slug releases its slime or mucus to stick even on wet surfaces.
In the past, surgeons struggled with sealing off surgical wounds, lacerations and internal bleeding in patients. This is because the body is full of serum, blood, and other fluids, making the repair of various internal injuries complicated. It’s like sticking a band-aid on a wet skin.
Tough Adhesives was influenced by the slug's mucus.
However, with the discovery of the slug’s ability to stick to wet surfaces, the scientists were inspired to create a super strong adhesive that is biocompatible and can bind to tissues with the same strength as the body’s cartilage, even if it’s wet, a Wyss Institute press release reported.
It's stretchy but super strong.
Study author Dave Mooney said:
“The key feature of our material is the combination of a very strong adhesive force and the ability to transfer and dissipate stress, which has historically not been integrated into a single adhesive.”
The study was published in the Science journal.
This Is How Much Data The World Generates and Consumes Every Minute
This is how much data is generated every day!
Everyone knows that technology has advanced exponentially since time immemorial. Heck, with its rate, it will not be a surprise if real teleportation happens one day. Truth is, as technology advances, so does data generation - and the numbers involved are simply astonishing.
In the last two years alone, humanity was able to create ninety percent of the entire data in the world. So just imagine how much more can be achieved in the next three to five years! It is simply remarkable.
Advancements in internet technology further improved the data usage of people.
You May Already Have Thalassophobia, But You Just Don’t Know It Yet
Fear of what lurks within…
Fearing the unknown depths of the sea or any other body of water is something that a lot of people have. This is not surprising, especially for those who don’t know how to swim. But do you know that there’s actually a name for such fear? It’s called Thalassophobia and it is described as persistent fear of large bodies of water and whatever that is lurking within their depths.
Now some people are not even aware that they have this condition. So how do you know you have Thalassophobia? It’s certainly more than just being afraid of swimming in the deep. Here are some signs that you are afflicted with this phobia.
1) Deep water makes you nervous.
‘It Didn’t Vanish Without a Trace,’ Scientist Explains Mystery of Bermuda Triangle
Scientist says the Bermuda Triangle is no more or less dangerous than any other area open sea or airspace in the world.
There’s a certain area in the world where countless ships and planes were reported to have vanished mysteriously- the Bermuda Triangle or also called as the “Devil’s Triangle.” However, a scientist revealed there’s been an explanation over the disappearances all along.
Stretching over 700,000km of sea from Puerto Rico to Florida and the island of Bermuda in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Bermuda Triangle has long been a big puzzle. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, an Australian scientist explained there is no mystery to solve because the incidents were likely caused by human error.
In the past 100 years the Bermuda Triangle has claimed at least 1,000 human lives, 20 planes and 50 ships.
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