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New family of recyclable plastics created 'by accident'

15 May 2014 

New family of recyclable plastics created 'by accident' 

By Jonathan Webb
Science reporter, BBC News

Researchers have developed a collection of new plastics that are recyclable and adaptable - and the discovery began with a laboratory mistake.

They include strong, stiff plastics and flexible gels that can mend themselves if torn.

The findings, reported in the journal Science, could lead to cheaper and greener cars, planes and electronics.

It is the first time that durable "thermoset" plastic has been produced in a recyclable form. (...)

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