Bacterial Glue

Indiana University researchers have found some sort of bacteria, C. crescentus, that secretes glue. Here's the story: This gross thing requires 70 newtons per square millimeter to remove from a glass pipette. That's equivalent to "five tons per square inch." It takes a mere 18-28 newtons per square millimeter to crack Super Glue. Hence, this bug glue is considerably better.

Best of all, it adheres even when wet. The plan is to use these things as a surgical glue or perhaps we can all fix that vase Peter broke while playing ball in the house even though Alice told us not to. Those poop-looking things in the picture are the bacteria and that stalk holds it to any surface.

Press Release [IU via MedGadget]