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A hard concept in soft matter

Hydrogels have many potential applications, but their mechanical strength is low. By simultaneously crosslinking two kinds of polymers in different ways, a highly fracture-resistant hydrogel has been made. See Letter p.133

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Figure 1: Energy dissipation in hydrogels.


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