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Dressed for success: soft gel cloaked in membrane can snap brick

Hyeonuk Na and colleagues at Seoul National University harnessed a similar idea to strengthen hydrogels. They first wrapped a half a millilitre of hydrogel with a stiff, flexible membrane. Similar to a plant cell, the membrane was semi-permeable, so the hydrogel could absorb water and swell, mimicking turgor pressure.

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