Gunshot plastic heal: Terminator-like plastic self heals (VIDEO).

The Spooky, Terminator-Like Material That Heals Itself Immediately After a Gunshot (Video)

The Spooky, Terminator-Like Material That Heals Itself Immediately After a Gunshot (Video)

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Sept. 5 2015 7:34 AM

Self-Healing Plastic

The Terminator-style material that repairs itself right after a gunshot.

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Screenshot via YouTube

This self-healing “skin,” funded partly by NASA and developed at the University of Michigan, is composed of two polymer sheets with a reactive liquid between them. When the sheets are punctured by a high-velocity projectile, a chemical within the liquid reacts with oxygen to seal the hole in a matter of seconds.

A practical application might be found in space, where orbiting debris traveling at speeds up to 17,500 miles per hour threatens spacecraft, satellites, and habitats. Watch the video for more.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.