Able to withstand more force than a tank perched on a pinhead, meet carbyne.
Geckos can partially regenerate tails and sea stars their many limbs, but a human doesn't share this handy ability. The only vertebrate that can regenerate whole limbs is the salamander. Yet we can partially regenerate our liver or even the tip of a finger, and a new study now shows this ability can be improved, though it's tricky.
A research team at the Georgia Institute of Technology is proving that you don't need to be bitten by a radioactive spider or be dumped into a vat of mysterious chemicals to enjoy superpowers. In fact, having an enhanced sense of touch could be as simple as wearing a glove like this.
Researchers Biswajit Ghosh and Marek Urban at the University of Southern Mississippi are working on a self-healing polymer that would allow a phone or an MP3 player — or any gadget, really — to patch itself up with the help...