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Platelets block blood loss: humans


Human blood platelets / Tieonardi / LicenseGFDL - Gnu Free Document License

The circulatory system of humans prevents blood loss from wounds by sending platelets to block the hole.

"Just as the human circulatory system sends platelets to a wound to prevent blood loss, oil pipelines can now transport special polymers that 'clot' oil at the site of a leak. Drawn by the pressure of the escaping liquid, these polymers press against the opening and form a temporary seal. Because each 'platelet' is electronically tagged, engineers can determine the exact location of a leak, and can repair the pipeline while it continues to operate. The technology, called Advanced Technology for Leak Location and Sealing System (ATLLASTM), works in any pressurized flow system. In addition to oil pipelines, it may prove useful in the water and chemical industries." (Courtesy of the Biomimicry Guild)
About the inspiring organism
Homo sapiens Linnaeus, 1758
Common name: man

Learn more at
Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

Threat Categories LONG_LC IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern

Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Blocking leaks in pipelines and other vessels.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Mining, oil/gas development, transportation, manufacturing


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over 8 years ago
Interesting application idea! Of course, jobs would be the main one. However, there are other reasons people stay in an area. Here in western Montana, a lot of people stay here despite being able to have higher paying jobs elsewhere because of the great views and recreation opportunities. When some people consider where to live, they make lists of what's important to them in a location and some of those are cultural (e.g., family, movie theaters or plays, social events). So, a community might think of what it could offer that would clot the wound and make it worthwhile for people to reconsider leaving.
over 8 years ago
I'm curious to explore if there's anything useful here in the social realm. Specifically when considering the phenomenon of shrinking cities (e.g. Detroit, Cleveland, St. Petersburg, East Berlin, Manchester, etc.). Are there certain social characters that might act as leakage stoppers...?
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