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NASA’s bandages could one day heal our bodies

by Roy Choi | October 9, 2016October 9, 2016 2:00 pm PST

NASA for all its amazing space exploration feats also is more or less a think tank and research incubator for some amazing technological advancements. Things like GPS, wireless communications, digital photography would not be where they are today without the advancements of the organization.

So it wouldn’t be out of the way to find NASA improving upon the traditional medical gauze. In a bit of science fiction magic, NASA has developed a high-tech gauze that could one day be used to heal wounds. So when we all finally make it to Mars, scraping our knees or suffering a Martian papercut will be no problem. Stick on a NASA bandage and you’ll be set.

The science behind it is a bit more complicated than slapping on a band aid. The fibers themselves are made of a material, Polyvinylidene Flouride (PVDF), that is electroactive, meaning if you were to push or even blow on the material it creates an electric charge. In fact, according to senior materials scientist at NASA, Emilie “Mia” Siochi, even normal body temperature can activate the PVDF fiber’s healing powers. The low level electrical stimulation in theory would help promote the healing process.

The best part of the self-healing gauze is that it really wasn’t meant for medical application, but rather for one day building morphing aircrafts. I’m not entirely sure what “morphing aircrafts” entail. I’ll let the conspiracy theorists and NASA rocket scientists hash out the nuances. But nonetheless this new fiber in theory could be used to heal wounds.

NASA sees this technology being used on military personnel wounded in the field, patients after post-surgery, or maybe for astronauts in space.


Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...