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Caption: New biocompatible electronic devices, encapsulated in silk, can dissolve harmlessly into their surroundings after a precise amount of time. These "transient electronics" promise medical implants that never need surgical removal, as well as environmental monitors and consumer electronics that can become compost rather than trash. Here, a biodegradable integrated circuit -- including transistors, diodes, inductors and capacitors-- is partially dissolved by a droplet of water. The image is courtesy of Tufts University and the University of Illinois.
Credit: Photo credit: Fiorenzo Omenetto/Tufts University
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