Japan: Scientists Unveil ''Elastic Water'' Plastic Substitute

Posted: Jan 25 2010, 10:10am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 7:02pm CDT, in News | Technology News

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One of the greatest ecological concerns facing our planet is the massive proliferation of plastic waste. As it (slowly) decomposes, plastics break down into tiny pellet-sized nodules roughly the size of krill. These nodules act as floating poison for sea critters everywhere. It's clear we need to replace our dependence on plastic with some other flexible, low-environmental impact substance. But what?

How about elastic water? (Akihabara news) The Japan Science and Technology Agency has announced that their scientists have created a new substance that consists of 95% water, a small amount of clay, and a tiny bit of organic matter. This resulting jelly-like compound is currently being considered for uses in medical technology.

Scientists are working to increase the density of the product and streamline the production process. The hope is that elastic water will one day be considered an adequate replacement for plastic. I'm crossing my fingers that this day comes soon.

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