Saturday, February 19, 2005
A Fishing Line That Changes Color Before Breaking
If you enjoy fishing, I have some good news for you. According to New Scientist in "Light-emitting line reels in the big fish," American chemists have designed a blend of polymers which changes color if it has been exposed to a previous excessive stress. Before going to fight with a 300-pound marlin, you'll have to put your fishing line under ultraviolet light. If some parts of the line appear green, it should break soon, so it's time to switch to a new one before jumping in your boat.
But these new fishing lines will not be on sale for a while. First, the changes of colors should be visible under normal light conditions, not only under UV. And real fishing lines are much stronger than the ones fabricated today in the lab. Read more for other details and great pictures of these new fishing lines.
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