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Marginal matters

Most soft materials, such as sand, can be in either a solid-like or a liquid-like state. New experiments probe the surprisingly rich nonlinear physics that can occur in between these two states. See Letter p.355

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Figure 1: Fragile and shear-jammed states.

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Vitelli, V., van Hecke, M. Marginal matters. Nature 480, 325–326 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/480325a

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