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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Self healing walls

The University of Leeds' NanoManufacturing Institute is currently building a proof of concept house in the Greek mountains. The Greek mountains are prone to frequent minor earthquakes. The plan is to build a house that will automatically heal cracks in the walls. The walls will contain nano particles that will liquefy under pressure, flow into cracks and gaps in the walls, and then harden again. The scientists involved say that the nano particles are easy to produce, and only a small amount are needed in the walls to be effective. So if all goes well, we may be seeing self healing walls within a few years. Of course, if the ground underneath your house disappears, then having self healing walls won't do you much good. But they are working on that as well.

Regenerative house to grace Greece mountainside
'Self-healing' house in Greece will dare to defy nature

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