Next Big Thing – self-healing liquid metal circuits

Dodgy gadgets and faulty tech could be a thing of the past, thanks to the self-healing powers of liquid metal


Is this the beginning of the T-1000?

Not quite. Boffins have managed to create a self-healing liquid metal which can repair broken circuits. Shape-shifting robot assassins are still a long way off, fortunately.

Probably for the best. How does this work then?

Tiny micro-capsules containing liquid metal are layered over a normal printed circuit. If small cracks appear in the circuit, the capsules break open, release liquid metal, and keep the circuit complete.

And this benefits me how?

Well, hopefully it will mean less trips to the mechanic to fix dodgy car wiring – and fewer gadgets thrown on the junk pile. The wonders of science eh?

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