Scientists make self-repairing clothes

[Science ★★]


(P1) We learn a lot from nature. The latest thing is self-repairing clothing. Scientists can now make clothes that can repair themselves. There is no need for sewing. Scientists looked at how squid stick to things so well. They found a kind of glue on the suckers on a squid. It’s like the silk in a spider’s web.

(P2) A rip or tear in clothes will join together in less than a minute. You have to dip the tear in water. Soldiers and other people will be safer with clothes that repair quickly and easily. A scientist said nobody will be able to see the glue because it is very thin. He said our clothes will be stronger.

WORDS: 116


VOCABULARY: repair, sewing, squid, glue, rip, thin


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Would you buy self-repairing clothes? Why or why not?
  3. What do you do with your clothes that need to be repaired?
  4. Do you like to go shopping for clothes? Why or why not?


  1. Nature can teach humans a lot. (T or F)
  2. You will still have to sew clothes even if they are self-repairing. (T or F)
  3. Which sea creature are scientists studying?
  4. How long will a tear take to repair itself?
  5. This technology will make clothes sturdier. (T or F)


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • self-repairing (P1)
  • the latest thing (P1)
  • stick to things so well (P1)
  • spider’s web (P1)
  • in less than a minute (P2)
  • you have to dip (P2)

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