Damn, damn, damn,
You know, we all have our sort of 'internal-thought-playsets' (we do, right?).
You know what I mean. stuff we really like to think about, because maybe it stretches our minds to think about it.
If we were to land on an 'answer' and resolve the problem then it wouldn't be as much fun or provide as much entertainment value anymore.
So this OP sort of asks me to do that, and i want to participate, but it is so hard to decide which it is this
So, if I have to decide right now? I am going to say yes, they have something from somewhere else that they are studying and trying to understand and
I say this because I work in the medical field and and I have encountered some 'materials' in the course of my career that have always left me with
For instance, nitinol
, known as the 'memory metal', I am sure plenty of you have heard of
it. It is commonly tied to the Roswell 'event' because nitinol has 'memory' properties like the 'foils' reported to have been found at
I see it all the time in my line of work, but here is the deal. You would think such a wonder material would pop up in everything, wouldn't you? I
mean, how useful is it to have a metal that returns to its original shape? A metal, that in fact, can switch from one shape to another, dynamically,
with no diminution of structural integrity?
Fact is though, the metal is based on a concept of metallurgy, and titanium and nickel are just the best two that we can find at the moment. And those
two, titanium and nickel, are ultimately subject to stress fatigue and cannot be used in critical components.
Are you getting me on this one? We will need a metallurgy pro to fully straighten us out on this, but it seems to me that we have the concept
of this metal, not a working existing model of it that we understand
. And our best effort to mimic it , to date, uses titanium and nickel.
Which ultimately fails for anything we would need to depend on.
And so to this day, nitinol is predominantly found in non-critical components of instrumentation sets. Like guide wires and that sort of thing. Then
the manufacturer rep holds it up and says, "Look, it's made of nitinol
" and everyone goes, "Oooooo". And then the newbies have fun
watching it return to shape after it is autoclaved.
I have smelled a rat on that one for years.
So one yes, although you may have to put me down as a 1/2 yes because I am not sold on it being extra-terrestrial.