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(Thermoplastic) Flower in the Sun. Stimuli-responsive polymers have gained increasing attention for their applications ranging from soft robotic grippers to actuators. By controlling strain within thin thermoplastic sheets, these small grippers can transform into three-dimensional shapes based on a photothermal response and withstand loads more than 24,000 times their own mass. (Courtesy photo/Amber Hubbard)

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Photo by: Courtesy photo/Amber Hubbard |  VIRIN: 200831-F-EK602-002.JPG