How super glue was invented | Moments of Vision 8 - Jessica Oreck
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From battlefield wounds to household repairs, super glue has had many uses. Super glue has even been used as a crime-fighting tool in fingerprint analysis. Find out how to use super glue fumes to reveal fingerprints here.
Super glue has also inspired many adhesive innovations. Though Coover's cyanoacrylates have been used to treat wounds on the battlefield and even in the operating room, they have side effects that should make you think twice about using it on your own cuts. Surgical glue serves the same purpose, but doesn't carry these side effects. Similarly, super glue has been used underwater in aquariums to glue corals to rocks. Now, scientists are on their way to an even better underwater adhesive based on the way mussels attach to rocks.
Check out this timeline for a brief summary of 70,000 years of glue.
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