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The problem with many electronics is that they have a shelf life of a few years (depending on how long the parts can hold up), but now a team from the University of Illinois has developed an electronic circuit that can actually self-heal when its metal wires break.  The researchers claim the new system is able to restore conductivity within “mere microseconds”, meaning that should your TV break while you are watching it, it’ll fix itself without you even knowing anything was wrong. While the technology is still a work in progress, the team believes their method will even work with complex systems like multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs).

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