Self healing in action. Imagine a future where damage and disintegration are resolved by smart materials and electronics...
This kind of work has been underway for a while in the field of solar cells to alleviate the burden of fixing cracks and defects that accrue over time, for example.
Another area of interest is for space materials. Space is no picnic! Satellites and rockets get bombarded constantly, not just from highly ionising cosmic particles, but also from space dust and junk. A possible solution? Self healing materials.
Its high time we learn (even!) from more from nature and see if we can utilise these properties for more good.