Summary #1216

This Squid-Inspired Protein is the Future of PPE

inverse.com
  • Researchers create a self-healing material from a synthetic protein, based on a protein from squid ring teeth (the sticky suckers at the ends of squid tentacles).
  • The material was tested with different kinds of tear / cut damage, and it apparently fully regenerated in one second.
  • It could be useful for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), like self-healing face masks, but also wear-resistant robots or even prosthetic limbs.
  • It’s green and biodegradable, however it needs water or pressure to self-heal—the creators are looking for ways to initiate self-healing with light.

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