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Scientists create ‘Terminator’ polymer that can spontaneously self-heal

- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in "Terminator 2" famously took on the T-1000, a robot from the future that could heal itself. As it turns out, the future is now: Scientists have created a polymer that can self-heal almost any break.

Researcher Ibon Odriozola at the Center for Electrochemical Technologies succeeded in creating what has been dubbed the "Terminator" material, technology website Extreme Tech reports.

ChemistryWorldUK posted a video of the product in action, showing someone cutting a piece of the polymer in two with a scalpel, pressing the pieces back together and leaving it on a table for two hours at room temperature. The person is unable to pull the material apart with their hands upon returning.

According to Extreme Tech, scientists could use future versions of the polymer to create artificial skin to protect wounds while they heal, or to create plastic parts used in everyday life that are put under a great deal of strain.

The "Terminator" skins could be especially useful for surgeons because the material would be capable of growing with patients and protecting the body from germs.

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