As Elon Musk seems quite determined to send humans to Mars, there’s a high possibility that some of you may start colonization in the Red Planet by the next twenty years. As you’ll be busy doing your routine activities, you may have some minor accidents and end up cutting your leg pretty badly. A traditional bandage may not work well as your blood behavior can change in different gravities. So, NASA researchers have developed electric gauze that could not only protect the wounds but also heal them.
Early results show promising performance on athletes on Earth, but as I said before, researchers are still working on to find out if they can work well on different gravities of the alien planet.
It’s all about an electroactive material
The technology behind this electric gauze is quite complicated than the traditional one. They made fibers out of a material called Polyvinylidene Flouride (PVDF). “What’s unique about this material is that its electroactive — meaning that if you warm it up, if you push on it, if you apply any load on it, even if you just blow on it — it actually generates voltage,” said Emilie “Mia” Siochi, senior materials scientist at NASA in a video released by the agency. She also added that even your normal body temperature is enough to activate the PVDF fibers’ healing power.
What’s most interesting about this electric gauze is this was actually designed for developing “morphing aircrafts” one day rather than medical application. We have no idea when this aircraft will be developed, but as for now, NASA sees this hi-tech gauze is in use of healing patients after post-surgery, wounds of military personnel in the field, and hopefully astronauts on Mars.