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Erasing wrinkles, the physicists’ way

Researchers study how folds and other creases disappear

Physicists have figured out how wrinkles erase themselves naturally — no Botox needed.

But Joan Rivers shouldn’t visit the laboratory just yet. These wrinkles appear not on skin, but on thin, floating sheets of polymers.

In a pair of papers published online July 14 in Physical Review Letters, scientists report how sharp folds can transition into smoother wrinkles, and how wrinkles themselves vanish toward the edges.

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