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City tests new weapons in fight against potholes

One product is like a bag of Silly Putty

In the latest round of Boston versus potholes, the city is bringing in the big guns: a Silly Putty-like material encased in portable plastic bags invented by college students. Shape-shifting goo that hardens instantly under pressure.

The innovative, eco-friendly pothole filling materials that the city will test over the next six months are more expensive than regular asphalt, but could help public works staff repair the craters more quickly than ever before.

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