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New strategy produces stronger polymers

Plastic, rubber and many other useful materials are made of polymers--long chains arranged in a cross-linked network. At the molecular level, these polymer networks contain structural flaws that weaken them. Researchers have found a new approach for reducing the number of loops (pictured in red) in a polymer. This new method could offer an easy way for manufacturers of industrially useful materials such as plastics or gels to strengthen their materials.

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