Daughter of Hypatia
A general-science blog from a grad student.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Blood Clotting Makes a Better Spaceship
Just like flight borrowed its scientific principles from a bird's wings, science is now coming up with a "self-healing" spaceship that uses a technique like blood clotting to stop bleeding.
The spaceship hull has hundreds of microscopically tiny vessels containing either a resin or a chemical agent that causes the resin to harden. If it's punctured, both types mix and plug the hole.
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