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Breakup doesn't keep hydrogel down

New material is strong, soft and self-heals in seconds

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6:35pm, January 20, 2010

Pulling yourself back together after a breakup can be tough to do. But a new hydrogel has no trouble. Using little more than water, clay and a new, designer compound, scientists have created a moldable gel that is both strong and can heal itself in seconds when split in two. The gel may advance efforts in tissue engineering and environmentally friendly chemistry.

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