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Monday April 18, 2005 2:19 pm

Plastics Change Shape When Exposed to Light

Posted by Andru Edwards - Categories: Misc. Tech


The guys over at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a plastic which changes shape depending of what wavelength of light it is exposed to. An example of this technology would be a plastic flower which would “bloom” when exposed to light. Shining a different wavelength of light on the flower would cause it to close up. Now, the goal here is that these plastics would be able to provide significant medical advancements. On example might be to insert a thin piece of plastic into an artery, and have it change its shape into a corkscrew to keep it open.

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