US Navy develops military slime

<pre>US Navy develops military slime

Specialists of the US Navy are developing a special mucus, with the help of which they are going to stop enemy ships. Its prototype was the substance produced by myxins, ugrepodobnymi sea animals when attacked by predators. Mixins throw a special mucus into the jaws of the attackers, which swells upon contact with the sea water, increasing in volume by 10,000 times, clogging their mouth and gills.

Mucus slime has a protein base and consists of two components – filaments and mucus – mucin. The twisted filament is a kind of living spring, which works when in contact with water. This material is not like a cobweb or artificial Kevlar, used in the creation of protective equipment and rubber products.

According to one of the developers of artificial mucus Ryan Kintzer, the interaction of threads, mucin and water forms a three-dimensional viscous, elastic network, which eventually breaks down, dissolving in water.

Ryan Kinzer and biochemist Josh Kogot are currently developing a version for stopping small enemy ships. According to their design, “combat” mucus will block propellers. In addition, it can be used as armored protection, for extinguishing fires, to protect ship hulls from overgrowing shells and divers from sharks.

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