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New shape-shifting metals discovered
BBC News [UK], by Simon Redfern

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 10/4/2013 11:16:10 PM

A new shape-changing metal crystal is reported in the journal Nature, by scientists at University of Minnesota. It is the prototype of a new family of smart materials that could be used in applications ranging from space vehicles to electronics to jet engines. Called a "martensite", the crystal has two different arrangements of atoms, switching seamlessly between them. It can change shape tens of thousands of times when heated and cooled without degrading, unlike existing technology. Currently, martensite metals are made of an alloyed mixture of nickel and titanium.

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The first thing I imagined was "the T-1000" Terminator that went after John Connor in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." But, seriously, we will rue the day that we did not allow the Military advantage that many of our scientific studies can produce. We are not that dystopian place ["Hunger Games"] called Panem (yet) where our politicos use the military to control US. We need to go forward in science, if our species is to survive beyond the foolish claims of some man-made global climate catastrophe.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bob913, 10/4/2013 11:35:22 PM     (No. 9550847)

John: So this other guy? He´s a terminator like you, right?
Terminator: Not like me. A T-1000. Advanced prototype.
John: You mean more advanced than you are?
Terminator: Yes. A mimetic polyalloy.
John: What the hell does that mean?
Terminator: Liquid metal.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: veritas, 10/5/2013 1:05:33 AM     (No. 9550901)

Thanks to Obama and Directive 10-289, ou- ´scuse me -- "our" government will develop products of incredible value for all the world, and pass along full technical information and use-rights to any interested forei-- ´scuse me again -- to any other sister nations for $1.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Melody, 10/5/2013 1:55:58 AM     (No. 9550913)

Thanks for posting the article. That´s fascinating. It´s amazing what there still is to be learned about God´s creation. I´m thankful that there are people with imaginations who can put such new information to work in inventive ways.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StuartL, 10/5/2013 6:35:59 AM     (No. 9551023)

Oh, for Pete’s sake. Although a majority of the work is currently being done at U of M, martensites have been around for more than a century, ever since the properties of face-centered and body-centered crystals were first noticed by Adolf Martens in the 1890s. (Right, that’s the 1890s – not the 1980s.) And Nitinol (the shape-memory alloy of nickel and titanium – the earpieces of your eyeglasses might be made of it) was discovered at the U.S. Naval Ordnance Lab back in the late 1950s, although the major technical problems facing commercial implementations weren’t solved until the ‘90s.

I suppose it’s too much to ask that the soi-disant science writers in the media actually do their homework before gushing over the Next (not really) New (at all) Thing.


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