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New water-retaining gel raises hope for wide use

This slab of water can be made by stirring two ingredients together, then letting the mixture sit for several hours.   © Courtesy of Nissan Chemical Industries

TOKYO -- Water just got stickier. Nissan Chemical Industries and Takuzo Aida, the deputy director of the Riken Center for Emergent Matter Science, have developed an easy-as-cake gel that can retain a huge volume of water.

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