Japanese Researcher Accidentally Discovers ‘Self-Healing’ Glass

Japanese Researcher Accidentally Discovers 'Self-Healing' Glass

Japanese researcher at the University of Tokyo has discovered a new glass material that can repair itself after break to pieces. Yes, you read that right. On the basis of a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science, the new form of glass is have the ability to repair itself after being shattered. That sounds like good news to us consumers, but not so for the glass manufacturing industry.
Glass made from a low-weight polymer called ‘polyether-thioureas’ can be made like new by applying a self-deprecating amount of pressure, they said. That’s compared to traditional glass that needs to be melted down and re-pressed.

The research, published in Science, by researchers led by Professor Takuzo Aida from the University of Tokyo, guaranteed that healable glass could have possibility to use in phone screens and other breakable devices, which they say are an important challenge for maintainable societies.

This does not mean we’ll be getting smartphone screens that can repair itself soon after it breaks anytime, but it open up the way for the manufacturing of a super-durable glass that could last three times longer than what we currently have which would influence products like car windows, construction materials, fish tanks and even toilet seats.

The researchers wrote in their paper that, “excessive mechanical robustness and healing capacity tend to be mutually exclusive,” the researchers wrote in their paper.

“In most of the cases, heating to raise temperatures, on 120°C or more, to restructure their cross-linked networks, is necessary for the smashed portions to repair”, Researchers claimed.

This is not the first time that researchers suggest polymer as a healable material for equipment like smartphones or other breakable devices. On the beginning of this year, researchers from the University of California recommended the use of polymers that heal breaks after 24 hours and could stretch up to 50 times its original size.

Currently, the evolution of self-healing glasses could be considered as a remarkable game changer in the smartphone industry. While it might influence the cost of mobile phones should smartphone manufacturers use healable materials in the future, it could still save consumers hundreds of dollars in costly glass repairs.

Bruno Miller is a chief editor at MarketPRNews. He has 13 + years of experience in Content Writing & blogging. His hobbies are Travelling, Reading and learning new things.

Snapchat to bring Stories to the web with new ‘Stories Everywhere’ feature


The most famous photo-sharing platform Snapchat is working on its “Stories” feature to increasing the outreach on the Web as it also continues to test redesign of its Android and iOS apps, a report declares.

With a main focus to increase its outreach and grow user base, Snapchat is said to be working on “Stories Everywhere” feature to bring Stories to the web.

This Stories feature is still in beginning stages of development, and the main focus is to figure out how to distribute user-generated content on the web and elsewhere. This could mean that, Snapchat is also likely to make it simple to share videos on other platforms via a Web player that brings out people to sign up and download the app, the report added.

Snapchat is anticipated to leave behind Facebook for the first time in the US and the latter growth of the user is set to slow between teenagers and adults, a report by market research firm eMarketer said in the last few days. The app currently has 166 million users globally.

While Facebook and Instagram have essentially dragged off Snapchat’s Stories feature, they don’t offer support for sharing that content on other platforms, so Stories to another place could give Snapchat the edge here. That is, of course, until Facebook copies them yet again.
Snapchat is expecting that users will start showing interest in creating Stories if they can share them on different platforms and web. This will give Snapchat some exposure and will help in increasing their users. Also, Facebook and Instagram have Stories feature, they lack the support of sharing them to another platforms and this will put Snapchat in the focus of attention and have an edge to increase the revenue from content licensing.

Since the feature is in very beginning stages of development, do not anticipate it go official anytime in the near future. The company is currently continuing to test the redesigned iOS and Android apps.

Bruno Miller is a chief editor at MarketPRNews. He has 13 + years of experience in Content Writing & blogging. His hobbies are Travelling, Reading and learning new things.