“This study demonstrates the ability of a synthetic material to actually ‘talk to itself’ and follow out a given action or command, similar to such biological species as amoeba and termites,” says researcher Anna Balazs. (Credit: U. Pittsburgh)

Posted by B. Rose Huber-Pittsburgh on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 10:06

Self-moving gel lets material ‘talk to itself’

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — Scientists have discovered a synthetic material that can rebuild itself through chemical communication.

In a paper published in the January 8 print edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team demonstrates that a synthetic system can reconfigure itself through a combination of chemical communication and interaction with light.

Read more: Futurity – Self-moving gel lets material ‘talk to itself’.

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