French researched created a new self repairing artificial rubber.
"We wanted to see if we could make a rubber-like material using small molecules," Dr Leibler of the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution (ESPCI) in Paris told the BBC's Science In Action program.
The new unnamed rubber material is made from vegetable oil and a component of urine (I hope it does not smell).
The self-repair feature comes from the replacement of the covalent bonds in rubber with weaker connections known as hydrogen bonds
More details and video on BBC News. Via Digg.
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