There is no limit to the ingenuity of brilliant minds determined to solve problems, big or small.
The latest marvel of engineering: an edible strip you can stick on a burrito so it won’t fall apart.
Four top engineering students from Johns Hopkins University – America’s premier research university – began the mission last year during a lunchtime brainstorming session.
The female quartet of Tyler Guarino, Erin Walsh, Marie Eric and Rachel Nie found inspiration when Walsh’s burrito fell apart.
“It hit her then — it’s a problem we can fix,” Guarino told CNN.
After testing various ingredients, they came up with a recipe that is gluten-free, textureless, clear, tasteless, and suitable for vegans.
They call it “Tastee Tape”.
For now, the Magic Burrito Fixer is a prototype made up of strips of tape on waxed paper. Their goal is to wrap it in rolls similar to office tape.
If successful, the students – all recent graduates from the University of Baltimore – could bring a new expression to the restoration.
“Please pass the salsa and the band.”
Learn more on CNN.
Watch: Edible tape holds the burrito together