These original Kirt's Cogitations™
may be reproduced (no more than 5, please) provided proper credit is given to me, Kirt
– noun: Concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
A Glue that Sticks to Nothing
at EIC Labs have developed a new glue that doesn't stick to anything
- how hard can that be? Well, the trick is that it sticks like epoxy
when they need it to stick, but it can be "turned off" with the flick
of a switch, literally. This new adhesive has specially implanted ions
that, when subjected to a potential of 10 V to 50 V for about a minute,
totally looses its stickiness. It holds indefinitely otherwise. In experiments,
it permitted painted metal surfaces to be bonded together and then separated
on command without even losing any paint. Potential uses include holding
solar arrays in place until deployment in space, affixing temporary
radio markers to animals for tracking, and even for surgical procedures.