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Seafood Into "Super Glue"

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January 5, 2000
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U.S. Department Of Energy
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When the U.S. military was looking for a strong waterproof adhesive, scientists at a Department of Energy laboratory in Idaho went straight to the experts -- sea creatures that have been clinging naturally underwater for millennia. Mussels are the same delicacy often found next to the lobster and shrimp on a seafood buffet. The "feet" of the small mollusks produce an epoxy with adhesive-like properties that rivals any "super" glue on the market.

When the U.S. military was looking for a strong waterproof adhesive, scientists at a Department of Energy laboratory in Idaho went straight to the experts -- sea creatures that have been clinging naturally underwater for millennia. Mussels are the same delicacy often found next to the lobster and shrimp on a seafood buffet. The "feet" of the small mollusks produce an epoxy with adhesive-like properties that rivals any "super" glue on the market. Unfortunately, it takes about 10,000 mussels or mollusks to produce just one gram of adhesive, resulting in a prohibitive cost, not only in dollars but to the mussel population as well.


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