French Scientists In Flubber Breakthrough

22-02-08

A TEAM of French scientists is claiming a major breakthrough in the development of a useable type of flubber.

Flubber is prone to chaotic mood swings

The researchers synthesised a flubber-like substance and were then able to stabilise it for almost six hours before it bounced out the window.

Professor Guy Delafarge said: "Zis is ze first time we have been able to stabilise a substance which is, how you say, 'floobberie'

"During ze stabilisation period we were able to manipulate it in ways which could, ultimately, have everyday applications, such as draft exclusion or love making.

"However ze substance remains, how you say, ticklish and too much contact will make it bounce around ze room, destroying many glass beakers and test tubes and causing everyone to duck."

A useable strain of flubber has been the Holy Grail for chemists since the substance was discovered in the 1950s.

But flubber's unstable nature led to a series of accidents and by 1970 the vast majority of 'flubboratories' had been closed down.

Testing restarted five years ago when French chemists found that adding small amounts of friendly bacteria could induce short periods of calm in a medium-sized blob.

Professor Delafarge added: "Zis was an important breakthrough, but ze question remains: Can we ever really tame floobber?"

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