NASA Creates 'Terminator' Material That Seals Up Bullet Hole In 2 Secs

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Indrani Sengupta
Sound like something out of science fiction? Well, leave it NASA to bring the world of sci-fi into the world of sci-fact. We can only imagine what's next.

After you're done freaking out about the possibility of T-1000s abounding in our near future (because seriously, that's the kind of situation even our zombie apocalypse training won't save us from), you have to admit that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s new invention is unbelievably cool.

The "Terminator" material consists of two layers of polymer with a liquid embedded in between. The liquid is laced with the chemical tributylborane, which turns solid when it comes into contact with oxygen.

So if a bullet or other object punctures the polymer layers, the liquid and accompanying tributylborane oozes out, mixes with the air, and hardens, forming an air-tight plug in the puncture "wound."

In this way, it's sort of like blood-clotting.

For your spaceship.

That's right. NASA wants to use this technology to make space a whole lot safer for astronauts whose job description includes being pummeled by space debris, much of which is sharp and all of which is going at speeds fast enough that "bluntness" isn't really a comforting word. The material could be used on the International Space Station, other space vehicles, or even people attempting to live on Mars. Mars!

But the material wouldn't just be saving astronaut lives. It could also be used to reinforce submarines, tankers, aircraft, fuel tanks, and other earthly vessels that have it in their best interests to keep their insides in, and the outsides out.

We would also suggest "indestructible bouncy castle" be on the list of the material's applications.

What? It doesn't have to be a top priority or anything.

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