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The Latest Adhesive Bioinspiration: Sandcastle Worms

Andy Extance – May 2, 2012

The sandcastle worm builds itself an tube-shaped home using a self-produced natural glue, which sets in the cold sea, a grain of sand at a time. Using proteins that assume a complex liquid form known as a coacervate the worm can achieve bonds underwater that most commercial adhesives would struggle to create. Scientists at the University of Utah have are now mimicking this ability.

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