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Artificial Self-Healing Skin Can Sense Touch

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the touchy-feely dept.

Science 18

thomst writes "Tim Wogan reports that chemical engineer Zhenan Bao of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and her team have increased the conductivity of a self-healing polymer by incorporating nickel atoms. The polymer they have produced is sensitive to applied forces like pressure and torsion (twisting) because such forces alter the distance between the nickel atoms, changing the electrical resistance of the polymer. Their work is published online in the November 1 issue of Nature Nanotechnology (abstract here, full article paywalled). Now Bao and her team are working on making the polymer more flexible."

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18 comments

How long before... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41960481)

...this is used for sex toys?

Re:How long before... (1)

trum4n (982031) | about a year and a half ago | (#41960947)

Too late.

Re:How long before... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41961047)

The Outer Limits, episode Valerie 23 [youtube.com]

(relevant, safe for work etc...)

Torsion? (3, Funny)

multiben (1916126) | about a year and a half ago | (#41960531)

I like how the summary includes an explanation of what torsion means. That was easily the most complex part of this article (piece of writing) so it was nice to have it put in layman's' terms.

Re:Torsion? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#41960615)

Yes, FSM forbid you have to use google or have a basic understanding of English.

Re:Torsion? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41960807)

You know he was being sarcastic, right?

Re:Torsion? (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#41960861)

Sorry, I have had to deal with too much stupid today.

Re:Torsion? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41961017)

I can imagine why.

Re:Torsion? (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#41961157)

Spongebob forbid that a journalist should make even a minimal effort to make his article more accessible to a wider audience by briefly redefining an infrequently used mainly scientific term into everyday language.

Wow... I can't believe you just said that? (-1, Offtopic)

multicoregeneral (2618207) | about a year and a half ago | (#41960909)

First and foremost, you can disagree with the way the country is going and not be a racist. I don't dislike Obama, but I'm not thrilled with him. Really hate that Bush era policies continued under him, when he promised they wouldn't. I'm unhappy with drones coming to American streets. I'm unhappy with turning new laws giving the government the ability to detain without trial. I'm unhappy with they way they've been treating whistle blowers. I'm unhappy with the cronyism we see between Biden and the MPAA/RIAA. Taking MegaUpload offline was a fucking travesty of justice, and the people deserve an apology. In my decision to vote for Romney, race never even entered into the equation. It's extremely bigoted and narrow minded of your to blindly assume that anyone who voted for Romney is a racist. I'm sorry, but you suck for your intolerance.

Re:Wow... I can't believe you just said that? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#41961181)

I'm sorry, but you suck for your intolerance.

You suck for replying to the wrong article ;)

Re:Wow... I can't believe you just said that? (1)

multicoregeneral (2618207) | about a year and a half ago | (#41966847)

How the heck did that happen?

Re:Wow... I can't believe you just said that? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#41969603)

Could be something fracked up at Slashdot just then - someone else did the same thing around the same time.

Succession, if allowed would be a boom. (-1, Offtopic)

multicoregeneral (2618207) | about a year and a half ago | (#41960973)

It hadn't occurred to me that Conservative states would seriously ponder succession, but I hope they're successful with it. I do. Think about the scope of what's being talked about for a minute. They would need entirely new computer systems for everything. It would be like the joyous Y2k years all over again. All those high paying contracts, all the sense of urgency. That, and we all know what states would do with their independence. They would create ways for the people living in other states to hide from the IRS. If it happened (which I doubt) Texas would be the American Singapore. It would be a thing of beauty, really. I'm all for it.

Re:Succession, if allowed would be a boom. (3, Funny)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#41961211)

Congratulations on seceding from both correct spelling and the right article :)

Re:Succession, if allowed would be a boom. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41963477)

+1 LMAO

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Pfffft... (1)

Brad1138 (590148) | about a year and a half ago | (#41963903)

I saw this [empowernetwork.com] 10 years ago...
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