Think Silly Putty, and you'll probably have a very good idea what the brains at Japan's Tokyo University have created. The new material, called "elastic water," retains its Flubber-like consistency by mixing a few grams of clay and organic matter to H20, essentially binding the whole into a jelly-like putty.
The aqua substance isn't headed for toy retail outlets, though we won't be surprised if it does spin off in that direction. For now, its intention is more visionary and intended to facilitate quick tissue attachment.
The Japanese scientists--who detail their findings in the latest issue of the scientific journal Nature--are also looking to increase the density of the substance for use as an ecological plastic material.
We say it'll be even more brilliant if they find a way to convert their creation back into potable liquid at a snap, so elastic water can be easily ferried to disaster zones where water supplies have been disrupted.