Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Spray-On Miracle Could Revolutionise Manufacturing

Fantasy becomes reality: Alec Guinness starred in the 1951 satire
The Man in the White Suit. GETTY

From The Independent:

Liquid glass sounds like the stuff of sci-fi. But can it really live up to the hype?

It sounds too good to be true: a non-toxic spray invisible to the human eye that protects almost any surface against dirt and bacteria, whether it is hospital equipment and medical bandages or ancient stone monuments and expensive fabrics.

But true it is. The spray is a form of "liquid glass" and is harmless to living things and the wider environment. It is being touted as one of the most important, environmentally-friendly products to emerge from the field of nanotechnology, which deals in objects at the molecular end of the size scale.

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