An incredible new polymer that heals itself to 97% efficiency

The Spanish scientists who developed it are calling it the 'Terminator' Polymer — and for good reason. Like the T-1000 blown to bits, it can spontaneously and independently repair itself without any outside intervention. » 9/17/13 2:40pm 9/17/13 2:40pm

A compound that could turn an entire swimming pool into jelly

Though it sounds suspiciously like Kurt Vonnegut's ice-nine from Cat's Cradle, a materials chemist at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands has concocted a polymer that could turn an entire swimming pool into jelly. All that would be required is ample amounts of the compound, some warmth, and 25 minutes of… » 1/23/13 2:40pm 1/23/13 2:40pm

New bleeding, healing plastic will be used on airplanes, not androids

Earlier this week, scientists announced the development of an entirely new genre of plastic that heals itself when it's scratched or cut, and bleeds like human skin — but researchers say you're more likely to find these next-gen materials wrapped around a car bumper than you are a freshly minted 800 Series. » 3/29/12 12:17pm 3/29/12 12:17pm

Behold, the bizarre physics of the "Gobbling Drop"

The strange behavior you're witnessing is not typical of pure water (and that includes water observed in super slow motion). The phenomenon is known as "the gobbling drop effect," and was first observed and recorded just three years ago by a team of researchers led by MIT's Gareth McKinley. So what's the secret to these … » 2/22/12 8:30am 2/22/12 8:30am