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The World's Strongest Glue

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the now-that's-sticky dept.

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missing_myself writes "Yahoo news reports the world's strongest glue is made by bacteria. "The adhesive can withstand an enormous amount of stress, equal to the force felt by a quarter with more than three cars piled on top of it." Time to get rid of the duct tape? "

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"Time to get rid of the duct tape?" (5, Funny)

awtbfb (586638) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118158)

Blasphemy!

Re:"Time to get rid of the duct tape?" (2, Insightful)

takeya (825259) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118182)

Time to replace the adhesive on duct tape with this stuff!

Re:"Time to get rid of the duct tape?" (4, Insightful)

StringBlade (557322) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118278)

Think twice about that suggestion the next time you accidentally (or on purpose) stick some duct tape to any part of your exposed flesh.

Re:"Time to get rid of the duct tape?" (5, Funny)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118337)

How would you unroll it?

Re:"Time to get rid of the duct tape?" (3, Funny)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118372)

On the flip side it would be teflon.

Re:"Time to get rid of the duct tape?" (1)

ToasterofDOOM (878240) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118428)

That tape would have to be called 1337 74p3, and I would totally buy it

Re:"Time to get rid of the duct tape?" (1)

Pneuma ROCKS (906002) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118457)

Heh, so how do you roll it then? And how do you keep it rolled?

Re:"Time to get rid of the duct tape?" (5, Funny)

chris_eineke (634570) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118478)

-funroll-loops of course.

Re:"Time to get rid of the duct tape?" (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118189)

Paraphrasing Charlton Heston:

They can take my Duct Tape when they peel it out of my cold-dead hands.

I don't know, Brain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118261)

What else would we do with that gerbil?

Re:"Time to get rid of the duct tape?" (0, Redundant)

markild (862998) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118296)

yeah!

I totally concur! Not only does duct tape do the job, but it looks frikkin' awesome while doing it!

Can it be spun into long filaments? (3, Funny)

OneDeeTenTee (780300) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118161)

And does it dissolve after being exposed to air?

Re:Can it be spun into long filaments? (1)

javaDragon (187973) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118223)

Actually one of the other articles on that same page, The Real Spiderman [livescience.com] deals with that topic.

Dissolves in ... (1)

Falcon040 (915278) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118300)

Yeah, - Dissolves in air, in moisture, in direct sunlight, and on Tuesdays tea time.

But except for that, what has the worlds strongest glue provided us...?

I think I invented this several years ago (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118166)

Or something close... it was alive and sticky, that's for sure.

Re:I think I invented this several years ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118231)

what the remnants of a late night porn session??

Re:I think I invented this several years ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118297)

How did it taste? :P

How do we get it out of the bottle? (5, Funny)

kbob88 (951258) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118167)

If it's that sticky, how do we ever get it out of the bottle?

On another note, this stuff would would really make the old glue-friend's-hand-to-forehead-or-other-body-part prank very painful...

Good point! (2, Interesting)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118224)

I recall (from my Dungeons n dragons times) that there was some kind of super-glue and some kind of super-oil. You needed the super-oil to apply it into the superglue bottle so it wouldn't stick.

Taking into account that the researchers are having problems with getting the glue off the instruments they use to fabricate it, perhaps we do need a super-oil in this case.

(And fact is stranger than fiction once more!)

An Idea I just came up with is that the superglue could be embedded inside small (nano? hmmm) particles that can be disolved with water or something, kinda like M&M's (melts in your mouth, not in your hands).

Teflon too (5, Informative)

kbob88 (951258) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118252)

Apparently something similar happened with Teflon too. The engineers at Dupont spent a very long time trying to get it to adhere to various surfaces. Teflon is so non-sticky that it took them years to get it to stick to metal pots and pans. Finally they came up with techniques of multiple layering and various methods to bake it on. More at http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a4_173.html [straightdope.com]

Re:Good point! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118383)

Sovereign Glue [d20srd.org]
Universal Solvent [d20srd.org]

Even more important: (1)

smaddox (928261) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118450)

Or even more important:

How are we going to balance 3 cars on a quarter?

Re:Even more important: (2, Funny)

Ragnarrokk (906696) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118465)

With great difficulty?

``Ragnarok

And Murphy's law says..... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118168)

How much do you want to bet that the glue only lives up to these claims on one substance in the entire universe ... dry human skin (i.e. fingers)?

Re:And Murphy's law says..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118413)

At first I read this as Moore's law, and was thinking, "ok, how does this apply? are we going to double the number of transistors in this glue in a years time?"

New Glue? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118169)

Horses everywhere rejoice.

my char (2, Funny)

cryptoz (878581) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118170)

My chair is so covered in duct/duck tape due to the armrests falling off that nobody but me will sit it in. Get rid of duct/duck tape? I think not!

NOOOO (4, Funny)

popetty (950274) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118172)

This will mark the end of grandmas loosing their dentures while skydiving.

perhaps... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118226)

if they would put duct tape of their mouths then they wouldnt lose them in the first place. Duct tape use #173

Re:NOOOO (5, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118233)

grandmas loosing their dentures

I was going to go grammar Nazi on you, but then I realized "loosing" actually works in this context.

I'm sorry about this son, (0, Troll)

farmhick (465391) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118426)

but I have to go all Slashdot Nazi on you. You didn't misspell "grammar", and you let us all down.

Someone think of the children posts!!

Re:NOOOO (0, Redundant)

M0b1u5 (569472) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118236)

Strange, the typo almost makes some kind of sense.

I think you mean "losing".

"Loosing" must be some weird way of "letting things out" - like: "Let loose the dogs of war"

Re:NOOOO (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118430)

Don't you just hate it when some schmuck steals your joke just before you post it? I've been following that other guy... he's a real karma whore. But he's too dumb to realize that +5 Funny doesn't get you karma.

crustiness (1)

andy314159pi (787550) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118175)

Maybe that explains why I get so crusty when I don't shower for several days at a time.

Now accepting ideas for practical jokes. (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118177)

Any ideas?

Re:Now accepting ideas for practical jokes. (1)

ScottyH (791307) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118243)

Glue all orifices of your buddy's body shut.

That'll show him after the syran wrap on the toilet bit.

Re:Now accepting ideas for practical jokes. (5, Funny)

42Penguins (861511) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118256)

B: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
P: Uh... I think so Brain, but where will we find that much caulobacter crescentus, three cars, and a quarter at this time of night?

Amazing new unit (5, Informative)

qbwiz (87077) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118181)

I'd never heard of this new "cars/quarter" unit (invented by the same guy who gave us the LoC unit, presumably), so I had to look it up [iu.edu] to see that this glue can hold around 10,000 psi (70,000 kPa).

Re:Amazing new unit (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118257)

It's not too hard to design a glue that can withstand the force of three cars piled *on top* of a quarter, as opposed to three cars *hanging* from the quarter. There are two values: one for tensile strength, and one for compression strength. You reported the wrong one.

Re:Amazing new unit (1)

iocat (572367) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118263)

Ya know, I'm kind of impressed with regular super glue's "1 car / quarter" pressure resistance. I guess that dude really did just super glue that hard hat to the beam.

Re:Amazing new unit (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118290)

Maybe it would have made a little more sense if they said you could hang three cars(*) off of a quarter. Not quantative by any means but give's an approximate idea of it's strength.

(*) Do they mean 'matchbox' cars (a few grams), automobiles (~750kg to ~4000kg), or train carriages (who knows)?

Re:Amazing new unit (2, Insightful)

marcosdumay (620877) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118291)

70 MPa (~700 atm) is much better. Tank you.

It is even worse because people that are not from the United States (like me) don't even know what a quarter looks like. So, this 'intuitive' measurement is anthing but it.

Re:Amazing new unit (5, Funny)

kzinti (9651) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118408)

It is even worse because people that are not from the United States (like me) don't even know what a quarter looks like.

It's about twice the diameter of a dime.

You're welcome.

Re:Amazing new unit (1)

balsy2001 (941953) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118390)

Is this (10,000psi) a maximum tensile loading or maximum shear? Most glues have poor tensile properties.

Re:Amazing new unit (1)

whitehatlurker (867714) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118459)

The other number to look at is that the actual force required to break the bond of the stuff for one bacterium in situ is about a micro-newton. That means that the area in contact must be uhn, 1x10^-6 N / 70 MPa = about 14x10^-9 mm^2, or 120 nanometers square, or really really tiny.

A significant question is "can they get a fully effective dollop of bug juice the size of a quarter to hold up their cars?"

Surgical adhesive (3, Funny)

andy314159pi (787550) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118190)

"One possibility would be as a biodegradable surgical adhesive."

Now I can see surgical scissors being left in your abdomen and crazy-glued to your internal organs.

I await the lawsuit (3, Funny)

ip_freely_2000 (577249) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118217)

I'm sure Elmer will say they have a patent on sticking one thing to another. Or maybe that was the Porn Industry's patent.

Yes, that's fine but... (1, Redundant)

M0b1u5 (569472) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118225)

Yes, that's fine.

But, how do I get the top off the freaking bottle??

Re:Yes, that's fine but... (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118374)

"But, how do I get the top off the freaking bottle??"

It'll probably be sold dry or require you to mix it with something else to start working.

Two great quotes put together (4, Funny)

rtaylor (70602) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118235)

"There are obvious applications since this adhesive works on wet surfaces,"

"We tried washing the glue off," Brun said. "It didn't work."

super super glue remover (1)

mrshowtime (562809) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118239)

I think the first thing they need to develop is the super super glue remover, otherwise the "hyper glue" would be too dangerous to use. Or they could use it in the ads: "Our Hyper Glue -NEVER- comes off, EVER!"

Re:super super glue remover (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118308)

It's like the Perma-Suck machine from Zork: Grand Inquisitor made by Frobozz Electric -- "We don't make things that suck, we make things that suck permanently!"

stretching credibility (1)

PMuse (320639) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118240)

Who cares how much weight it can handle piled on it?
We want to know how much weight it can handle suspended from it.

Re:Stalk and Spawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118275)

That is what that bacteria does....wait, wrong article for Slashdot. The people here, they just post comments to bs around and keep to themselves really.

I think some of you here might give this glue a try and see what happens.

Re:Stalk and Spawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118324)

Yeah, that stalking and spawning. It costs the a guy I know a car when he was war driving and bs around one spring day.

Maybe this glue can put your car back together, or you can take some money from your former classmate at school and give them their book back in exchange, you weirdos.

That was the spawn part, fortunately no one was harmed in writing it.

Re:stretching credibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118333)

we are talking about PSI's, so it doesn't matter what analogey you use

Re:stretching credibility (1)

sketerpot (454020) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118353)

Compressive strength != tensile strength, as any Roman engineer could tell you.

Duct tape is like the force. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118242)

It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

You and your fancy units . . . . . . (5, Funny)

failure-man (870605) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118260)

Three cars per quarter? I don't get it. How much is that in Eiffel Towers per square millicubit?

Re:You and your fancy units . . . . . . (5, Funny)

darkitecture (627408) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118309)

Three cars per quarter? I don't get it. How much is that in Eiffel Towers per square millicubit?

You don't get it, do you? This is America. The land of the stupid measurements. Where there's 12 inches to a foot, 3 feet to a yard, 1760 yards to the mile, 16 ounces to a pound, 2000 pounds to the short ton and getting 543816 votes more than your opponent means you lose an election.

Sorry... couldn't help myself. God bless America for boobies and donuts! :)

Re:You and your fancy units . . . . . . (1)

LothDaddy (169765) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118419)

Which reminds me of my favority joke: Why do women make poor engineers?

Because they all think that this measures six inches (holding finger and thumb 4" apart).

P.S. If for those that don't get it, this is a winky length joke.

Re:You and your fancy units . . . . . . (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118474)

The joke is "Why do women make poor engineers? Because they've been told all their lives that..." etc. Also typically the joke is more like "eight inches" because in most of the world where this joke is considered to be funny, a 6" pecker ain't impressive, but that's a stylistic difference.

PSA (1)

frankthechicken (607647) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118485)

Indeed for those that really don't get it, try holding your thumb and finger even further apart.

Alternatively try padding your wallet with tissue paper.

Or for the really creative amongst us, become an artist, they get definitely get it.

Slightly more on topic,

The single-celled bacterium uses sugar molecules to stay put in rivers, streams, and water pipes . . .

. . . But making it has proved challenging. Like a mess of chewing gum, the gunk globs to everything, including the tools used to create it.


I seriously hope they have studied the way the bacteria 'removes the glue' to get to other parts of the stream etc., I dunno, but just perhaps that could be a useful field of study, unless of course the bacteria are literally stuck where they are, whether they like the neighbours or not.

Re:You and your fancy units . . . . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118453)

If 2000 pounds , AKA "One Ton", is a short ton, what does a standard ton weigh?

Re:You and your fancy units . . . . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118389)

Eiffel Towers per square millicubit could never work. It would presumably be in France, and not that I know many french people, but they aren't complete morons unlike ... so they'd stick to SI.
I wonder when GasGallon will become a well known american unit. No, not the mass of the gas in one gallon, but the force on a square inch from such a bottle. No, not a mans inch, a womans - 1.83 cm^2.
Being proud of using farmer units don't seem to have limits. But using it in scientific papers is just obscene, and only shows you're a complete moron.

Re:You and your fancy units . . . . . . (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118436)

"Three cars per quarter? I don't get it."

Me neither. They didn't even mention the paint color of the cars.

Re:You and your fancy units . . . . . . (1)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118475)

How much is that in Eiffel Towers per square millicubit?
Dunno about Eiffel towers, but it's about fifty one thousand six hundred and ninety six Washington Monuments per football field.

Re:You and your fancy units . . . . . . (1)

metsu (601943) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118476)

how much is that in kerspillion mariachis per mexidecimal?

Combine the powers (5, Funny)

darkitecture (627408) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118264)

"Time to get rid of the duct tape?"

Get rid of it?! No way! I say improve it. Imagine duct tape combined with this supersuperglue. My God, it'd be like Astroboy and Atlas working together to defeat a common foe!

Or something.

Re:Combine the powers (1)

GrumblyStuff (870046) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118375)

It would have the strength of Hercules and the flexibility of Gumby!

"Gumbercules?! I love that guy!"

Ralph (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118266)

Miss Hoover i glued my head to my shoulders...

cars on a quarter? (0, Redundant)

Anonu (233018) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118267)

I dont get this 3 cars on a quarter thing. Whats the point of using such an analogy? Would the force change if 3 cars were piled onto a surface that was 1 square meter - no....

Re:cars on a quarter? (4, Informative)

darkitecture (627408) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118320)

Would the force change if 3 cars were piled onto a surface that was 1 square meter - no....

Well, if there's more surface area, then there's a wider distribution of weight and the pressure per square inch would diminish.

Re:cars on a quarter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118359)

if its not cars on a quarter.. it could be snakes on a plane. youve got to think of the children!

Re:cars on a quarter? (1)

FreakyAntelope (827365) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118369)

Would the force change if 3 cars were piled onto a surface that was 1 square meter - no....

While it's true that the force wouldn't change, that's not the point. It is providing a unit of pressure, not a unit of force.

Pressure = Force / Area.

Therefore, even though the force would remain the same, the MUCH smaller area would cause a MUCH higher pressure.

Standard units? (2, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118284)

"quarter with more than three cars piled on top of it" Can any one convert this to libraries of congress/volkswagen beetles?

Re:Standard units? (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118384)

It is one 6 VW Beetles on one DBitLoC (Dust Bunny in the Libray of Congress)

I hope this helps carify things.

Re:Standard units? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118438)

Thank you very much but I was hopeing for the conversion to be into number of Libraries of Congress stacked on a VW beatle.

Bah! (1)

Rixel (131146) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118285)

This stuff don't have nothing on molecular bonding.

obligatory simpsons reference (1)

Paralizer (792155) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118301)

Hey dad, do you have any industrial strength adhesive I can use on my face?

World's strongest glue from bacteria (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118303)

I for one welcome are new bacteria overlords.

Time for Justice ! (1)

DangerSteel (749051) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118316)

I shall alert my lawyers as I can prove prior art out of my nose!

Strong, sure. (2, Funny)

Atzanteol (99067) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118323)

But how does it *taste*?

Re:Strong, sure. (4, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118345)

"But how does it *taste*?"

This glue tastes like... burning.

Compression, tension, shear? (5, Insightful)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118343)

How strong is this glue under tension and shear?

I have an invisible glue here that can withstand an infinite amount of force under compression, and it is massless. Tension is a while 'nother matter.

Re:Compression, tension, shear? (1, Funny)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118407)

I bet your post would be funnier if I was a physics dork.

Glue Bacteria? (5, Funny)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118354)

"The single-celled bacterium uses sugar molecules to stay put in rivers, streams, and water pipes, a new study found."

Now... if I feed it something (like, I guess sugar), would it grow though? Imagine the instructions: "mix with sugar 4:1"...

And further, if I use it to glue a broken sugar bowl, should I expect a self-replicating glue disaster?

"It's not clear how the glue actually works, however, but researchers presume some special proteins must be attached to the sugars."

Well that sounds ensuring, right guys. Reminds me of that movie, The Stuff (1985) [imdb.com] .

A bunch of scientists like our folks here, discover weird white substance on one of the Earth Poles (please save me the jokes on what you think it was). So naturally, what you think he does? He tastes it, and it's good.
So they just come with the tankers and start pumping it out and selling it as food. Turns out it eats you from the inside and turns you into a zombie.

By the way, has anyone tried to eat that glue and see what it tastes like?

Force? (1)

StevenHenderson (806391) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118358)

force felt by a quarter with more than three cars piled on top of it.

Thought the force is same no matter what it is applied to, no?

F = m*a, anyone?

Re:Force? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118402)

i think the meaning is that it can withstand the force of 3 cars applied to a surface the size of a quarter.

Bacterium also found in donut shops (1)

GaryOlson (737642) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118362)

The single-celled bacterium uses sugar molecules to stay put ...some special proteins must be attached to the sugars.

As in all the proteins near a human beings midsection/buttocks/thighs?

Made of sugar? (1)

Nahor (41537) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118366)

The single-celled bacterium uses sugar molecules

Ah' 'us' wan'ed 'o 'as'e 'hi' ne' g'ue 'u' 'ow ah'm 'huck! he'' me, p'ea'e!

If it's so stromg... (0)

HeyBob! (111243) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118371)

...why don't they just make stuff out of it.

duck tape! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118377)

You can pry away my duck tape from my cold dead hands! Good luck, its on there pretty good....

Placement (1)

955301 (209856) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118412)


So now all they have to do is separate it into two chemical subcomponents which can be used in a dispenser like the existing epoxy syringe and we'll actually be able to use it. At least until a nano-tech replacement 10 times stronger is found...

Impossible (1)

fprog26 (665694) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118414)

Impossible, I tough the toughest glue on earth was an ex-wife sticking her nose on 50% of a man's paycheck!

Tell bad duct-tape joke; *duct* (3, Funny)

jolshefsky (560014) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118421)

There's no way to get rid of duct tape. It has been so well marketed that people actually believe it is superior to other tapes. There's no force stronger than a belligerently held opinion.

I mean, the duct-tape has a gummy glue that dries out, the fibrous tape tears easily, has poor high-temperature properties, and is not waterproof. What more could you want?

Digg had this 3 days ago about (1, Redundant)

LittleLebowskiUrbanA (619114) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118446)

Digg's starting to repalce /. for me. Less politics. Give it a try.

Re:Digg had this 3 days ago about (1)

DAE51D (776260) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118486)

*sigh* I was just going to post the same thing. /. has become boring. I've posted FOUR amazing stories over the year, and ALL have been rejected. I think I'll post them to digg instead.

Go with what you know (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15118461)

I think I'll stick with Barnicle Bob's Grippy Glue for now.

Forget nanotubes! (1)

Daneboy (315359) | more than 8 years ago | (#15118479)

Let's build the orbital tether for our space elevator ENTIRELY out of bacterial bio-glue. I mean, presumably the stuff will stick to itself, yes? :-)
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