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CORRECTION: This story was updated on July 3, 2018, to correct the structure of borax and the predominant cross-linking structure in slime. The cross-links are mainly borate ester linkages, not hydrogen bonds. Both errors are present in many sources online, including journal articles and chemical catalogs. To learn more about our investigation into the matter, read this story.