Victor Li’s composite building material could very well revolutionize the way buildings are constructed in the future – after all, it can be bent into a “U” shape, ‘heals’ cracks with nothing more than rainwater, and is strong enough to build bridges from. It has taken Li nearly a decade and a half of research to accomplished this goal, resulting on a composite that can be severely bent without compromising its structural integrity. This is made possible thanks to its ability to form a sort of concrete scar tissue out of calcium carbonate, material that is similar to what seashells are made up of, which will fill the small cracks that appear whenver the material is contorted. Could this mean there won’t be anymore collapsing buildings due to earthquakes in the near future?
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