Scientists in Japan have developed an extremely lightweight plastic material, only one micrometer thick and imbedded with sensors, that could have broad applications in medical implants and touch-sensitive skin for prosthetic devices. The flexible material holds up to moisture, bending and stretching -- key attributes of artificial skin -- and is barely perceptible worn on the back of the hand or even on the roof of the mouth, according to its developers.

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