Sea Cucumber Inspires Nano-Material

Scientists have created a breakthrough substance that can change in seconds when exposed to liquid, shifting from hard plastic to soft and back again, and that has a wide range of potential medical applications.

Sea cucumbers, found on ocean floors around the world, have leathery skin, an elongated, cucumber-like shape, and a consistency that can be either gelatinous, stiff and rigid, or anything in between.

This "switching effect" in the tissue of the sea cucumber is derived from a distinct nanocomposite structure in which highly rigid collagen nanofibers are embedded in a soft connective tissue.

Stuart Rowan, professor of macromolecular science at Case Western Reserve, said: "The materials were designed to change from a hard plastic -- think of a CD case -- to a soft rubber when brought in contact with water."

Source: Discovery
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Anonymous said…
Its been 4 days since you posted an article.Are you finding more or are you guys on a holiday getting drunk:P
Just joking:)
Anonymous said…
Spluch said…
Yes, I am quite busy lately... will be posting more when I have the time...