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Smart Materials Get SMARTer
July 11, 2012
Living organisms have developed sophisticated ways to maintain stability in a changing environment, withstanding fluctuations in temperature, pH, pressure and the presence or absence of crucial molecules. The integration of similar features in artificial materials, however, has remained a challenge--until now.
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