Coating that uses sunlight to automatically heal scratches

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  1. macperegrine macrumors newbie

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    Wouldn't mind having something like this on my iPod etc.!

    Scientists have devised a coating that when scratched heals itself upon exposure to sunlight.
    The secret of the material lies in using molecules made from chitosan, which is derived from the shells of crabs and other crustaceans.
    In the event of a scratch, ultraviolet light drives a chemical reaction that patches the damage....
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7939776.stm
     
  2. iBlue macrumors Core

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    That is really cool. Even cooler if they can find a way to do it without exploiting crustaceans.
     
  3. waiwai macrumors regular

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    that is cool... i want some friggin crab shell lotion now... im gonna paste it all ova ma body so i can heal like wolverine when i get cut up...
     
  4. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Bad idea. Your skin would likely suffocate. :p

    Didn't you see Goldfinger???
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Yeah, but didn't you see X-men? Like Wolverine, he said!!
     
  6. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Oooh, a molecularly bonded shell! :D

    Of course, I still subscribe to the theory that car manufacturers WANT you to pay for expensive scratch repairs. When I drove silver cars, any scratch/scrape on the silver-painted plastic parts revealed black plastic underneath. So I thought I'd be smart, and bought a black car the next time around... only to discover that if I scrape or crack a part, it reveals WHITE plastic undernearth! Argh!
     
  7. Eanair macrumors 6502

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    [geek moment]

    Reminds me of photolyase.

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    That's awesome. :)
     
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  10. 173080 macrumors 6502

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    BASF already has a self-healing clearcoat, it's used on the Maybach and Rolls-Royce. It's the Glasurit 923-45.
     
  11. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Cool. I was just waiting for an excuse to buy one. :rolleyes:
     
  12. Mr. lax macrumors 6502

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    They need it on cars that don't cost arms and legs
     
  13. william sire macrumors regular

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    Didn't this idea first come about in KnightRider?
     
  14. Mr. lax macrumors 6502

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    I'd be willing to bet that knight rider was based on this, not the other way around.
     
  15. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

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    I can see it now. iTan. The crazy cool sciency tanning oil that heals your skin! :eek:
     

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