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Materials: 'Super jelly' made from 80 per cent water can survive being run over by a CAR

Daily Mail - Science & tech

No, it's'super jelly' -- a bizarre new material that can survive being run over by a car even though it's composed of 80 per cent water. The'glass-like hydrogel' may look and feel like a squishy jelly, but when compressed it acts like shatterproof glass, its University of Cambridge developers said. It is formed using a network of polymers held together by a series of reversible chemical interactions that can be tailored to control the gel's mechanical properties. This is the first time that a soft material has been produced that is capable of such significant resistance to compressive forces. Super jelly could find various applications, the team added, from use for building soft robotics and bioelectronics through to replacement for damaged cartilage.