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Portable splint for extreme sports

This portable plastic splint takes up a tiny space in a backpack butbrings big relief, holding a broken limb together long enough to getmedical help and providing soothing warmth in the meantime. The specialplastic fuses itself together in about five minutes using the samechemical-reactive heat technology used in hand warmers. Aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts such as snowboarders and skiers,the technology could offer a bit of comfort to those 450,000 wracked-upsnow sports adventurers who are injured each year, many of whomsometimes have a long wait until they can get patched up in a properhospital.

Source: newscientisttech.comAdded: 2 April 2007