Scientists have developed a form of synthetic rubber that repairs itself. I originally found this on BBC News, but couldn’t get the video to play at the time and since forgot about it. But it has resurfaced again.
I can’t help but feel that this is going to spark something. Materials that mend themselves? How could this not be one of the greatest things invented? It still blows my mind a bit. The possibilities are limitless, really. As soon as a mass manufacturing process comes about, and it sounds like the ingredients are plenty easy to come by, our world will start looking quite different. Like looking back at the first half of the 20th Century and seeing toys only made out of wood or metal.
And I tell you, as a father to an impressively boisterous son, toys that can put themselves back together will be handy-dandy.
Oh, and as a Minnesotan: rubberized roads that mend themselves? Best. Thing. Ever.