DailyDirt: Bio-Inspired Superglue

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When you need some good ideas for solving a problem, sometimes nature already has an answer. For example, the original idea for what became Velcro, the hook-and-loop fastener, was inspired by the burrs of the burdock plant which tend to stick easily to fur and clothing. Here are a few other examples of some very sticky adhesives that were inspired by nature.

By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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Pixelation says:


“To attach itself to human cells, the Streptococcus pyogenes bacterium uses thin hairs made up of a protein with a 3D structure stabilized by a very strong intramolecular isopeptide bond that can survive boiling in detergent and strong acids.”

Just when I was thinking we could boil people in detergent and strong acids to remove those pesky bacterium. Damn!

Hmmm, maybe powerful microwaves…

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