There are two type of people in the world — those who can deal with having a cracked phone screen and those who can't. If you're the former, there's a strong chance you're a broke college student. If you're the latter, like us, then you know how F'in frustrating it is to constantly have to take your damn iPhone to get fixed. Isn't it bad enough that these smartphones cost a damn a fortune? The fact that their screens crack at the slightest drop is literally adding insult to injury. That being said, it seems as if science has solved our little problem. Can we get an amen?!
According to The Guardian Japanese researchers say they have developed a new type of glass that can heal itself from cracks and breaks. Man, talk about a wave of relief — think of all the possibilities! You can actually get away with throwing your phone at the wall after a heated conversation. Erm, not that we've ever done that, we're just saying — now it's a possibility.
They continued, the glass is made from something called, “polyether-thioureas”, a lightweight polymer that can heal when pressed together by hand — no need for high heat to melt any materials. The research, published in Science was led by Professor Takuzo Aida from the University of Tokyo. He's promising that their product can be used in phone screens and other devices of the like (tablets, laptops). While it may seem as if this glass was happened upon after hours and hours of scientific mumbo-jumbo, it was entirely accidental. The Guardian continued:
"The properties of the polyether-thioureas glass were discovered by accident by graduate school student Yu Yanagisawa, who was preparing the material as a glue. Yanagisawa found that when the surface of the polymer was cut the edges would adhere to each other, healing to form a strong sheet after being manually compressed for 30 seconds at 21°C."
Regardless of how it was discovered, we sure do hope that Professor Takuzo makes good on his promise. It could potentially save people hundreds of dollars a year (or month, depending upon how often their phone hits pavement).
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