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  • Regenerating plastic grows back after damage

    Illinois researchers have developed materials that not only heal, but regenerate. The restorative material is delivered through two, isolated fluid streams (dyed red and blue). The liquid immediately gels and later hardens, resulting in recovery of the entire damaged region. This image is halfway through the restoration process.

    Video by Steve Drake, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology


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  • To reach Scott R. White, call 217-333-1077; email The paper, “Restoration of Large Damage Volumes in Polymers,” is available online. Downloadable high-resolution images with cutlines are available.