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Self-repairing Plastics

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Scientists at the University of Illinois have made a new breakthrough in polymers that can repair themselves when cracked. The University researchers created the first self-repairing materials six years ago, but the new development enables plastics that can repair themselves several times without any external stimuli. Obvious applications include implantable medical devices and high performance materials for airplanes and spacecraft.

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