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Nov 20, 2010

Scientists Plugging Holes in Concrete With Specially Engineered Super Bacteria

Repairing damaged concrete often requires pouring more fresh stuff, or digging it all up and starting over again. But thanks to germ experts at the University of Newcastle, custom bacteria—"BackFilla"—might be the future of fixing.

The bacteria, once released into a damaged area, procreate and spread into the cracks—and then die. But don't be sad—in their wake, they leave behind calcium carbonate corpses as strong as the original concrete. And don't worry—the researchers were canny enough to design the bacteria to know when their work is done, so they don't run amuck and cover the world in concrete:


The bacteria also contains a self-destruct gene that keeps it from wildly proliferating away from its concrete target, because a runaway patch of bacterial concrete that continued to grow despite all efforts to stop it would be somewhat annoying

Yes, annoying is right—or like something out of a very dull horror movie.



39 comments:

Shimizu said...

lol, imagine a bread cologne of those things.... LOL

Brandon said...

That's really cool, especially if it substantially cuts down on road repair costs and blocking off sections for days/weeks.

shahidj said...

wow, this sounds like a great invention, no more huge bumps in the road

Yakoi said...

That is really interesting! Who knew that bacteria could be so useful outside our bodies?

Alixander said...

This sounds nice. No more huge-ass potholes after winter.

Kikino said...

thats fucking scary LOL

yessoc said...

awesome post no more cracks!

Truth Finder said...

certainly cut down costs on taxpayer money. finally scientists report something useful.

ImmaFrog said...

awesome stuff

SuciƓ Sanchez said...

Neat if they could fix bone like this.

Paul said...

awesome stuff. interesting to see what comes from this.

KillerKun said...

I wonder how it smells :U

iRetiv said...

finally my bike won't be mad

Applelove said...

I can see this causing an episode of the twilight zone

Imensha said...

BackFilla?
Seriously, that's the best thing they could come up with for that little fella.
I want to slap whoever came up with that name.

Jonizal said...

:D

TechnoMac said...

wow man thats amazing

kushman said...

This has the potential to solve a lot of problems, especially if its cost effective.

CookingManiac said...

Ouch I hurt my leg..... Plug it with bacteria!

Bart said...

isnt it a sort of rubber?

cooperlife said...

concrete bacteria? woah.

icequeen100 said...

That is pretty damn cool. I wonder how much it costs to accomplish though?

jura1991 said...

very interesting man..:)

Izi said...

This looks amazing! Very great info

Nyuu said...

good news
hope that thing dosnt make any sound
that would be a savior

HTT said...

nice post

Sinisa said...

good to know...

caretaker said...

i like your posts very much..:)

Astra said...

so much potential!

teapartyinmypants said...

This could actually save a lot of tax payers money. Very cool.

hindenburg said...

Ive also heard about using fast growth of bacteria to be used for getting energy. Pretty good use of the microorganisms.

Longkid said...

Sounds cool.

Copyboy said...

Hey it's willy wonka and his everlasting gobstopper come to life.

dee jey said...

nice post dude

dragnlamer said...

this is incredible..hopefully cheap as well

Colin B said...

I dunno if I exactly want concrete corpse forming bacteria in the hands of construction workers ;_;

http://horntissimo-lotsamusic.blogspot.com/ said...

if this can repair cracks and other problems on the freeways for less than it already does to replace, refill, and re-asphalt, more power to them

David Davidson said...

Bacteria being used to clean oil spills, fix concrete, is there anything they can't do?

Steve said...

This is brilliant. Instant repairs will never be the same.