Your Bones Are Full of Goo. And This is a Good Thing.

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Researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered that much of the mineral content from which bones are made is actually in the form of a goo, which sits trapped between tiny crystals, lubricating them—and, crucially, allowing for small movements. It’s that flexibility that stops our bones from shattering.

The goo is made from citrate—a by-product of cell metabolism—mixed with water. It’s a viscous fluid, and a thin layer of it sits between the nanocrystals—made of calcium phosphate—which make up the solid aspect of our bones. There’s enough of it, though, to provide slip between the crystals, which absorbs the energy of impact that would otherwise shatter a solid piece of the crystal bone structure.

Understanding this could actually lead to new treatments for osteoporosis.

Also, possible rehabilitation for Mr. Glass.

Via Gizmodo.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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