Self-moving gels can give synthetic materials the ability to “act alive” and mimic primitive biological communication, University of
Pittsburgh researchers have found.
I have no idea what are they planning to do with this stuff, but it reminds me a few Sci Fi movies, like "Terminator 2" and "Flubber", what do you
In a previous study, the Pitt team noticed that long pieces of gel attached to a surface by one end “bent” toward one another, almost as if
they were trying to communicate by sending signals. This hint that “chatter” might be taking place led the team to detach the fixed ends of the
gels and allow them to move freely.
The 'BZ' stands for Belousov-Zhabotinsky, as in a Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction...
A Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction, or BZ reaction, is one of a class of reactions that serve as a classical example of non-equilibrium thermodynamics,
resulting in the establishment of a nonlinear chemical oscillator.
The reactions are theoretically important in that they show that chemical reactions do not have to be dominated by equilibrium thermodynamic behavior.
An essential aspect of the BZ reaction is its so called "excitability"; under the influence of stimuli, patterns develop in what would otherwise be
a perfectly quiescent medium
Investigators are also exploring the creation of a "wet computer", using self-creating "cells" and other techniques to mimic certain properties
So, yeah, that is a totally weird property of BZ gels. I am deeply interested in these types of things, thanks for the heads up. If you consider the
'wet computer' bit in the quote above then what they may be doing with these products, or where this research may be heading, is only limited by
your imagination. I am pretty sure that these gels will go straight to work in Membrane
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