Airplane Sensors Inspired by Spiderwebs Detect Cracks and Damage InstantlyS

While we all know there's a greater chance of a shark attack than there is of being in a plane crash, we've all seen Lost. It's scarred us all. It's really no surprise airplane safety is being so scrutinized now.

Taking inspiration from spiderwebs, scientists at Stanford University have developed something akin to a netting system of sensors, which is wrapped around the plane. It's incredibly light, and as soon as a fissure, crack or any other form of damage happens to the aircraft, the sensors feed back to a computer for the pilots to act upon.

Not that they're going to crawl out of a small door and repair it themselves, obviously. I imagine they'll just note it down for mentioning when they reach their destination. [Wired]

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