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How do polymer crystals work, and why do they absorb so much water?

August 20th, 2010

Episode 720 of 1132 episodes

Polymer crystals are extremely absorbent, and that's why you'll often find them in disposable diapers. Marshall explains how polymer crystals are able to absorb large quantities of liquids -- and keep you cool and dry -- in this episode.

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