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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
"You could make devices that convert heat to electricity directly. They could use the waste heat from computers and cell phones to recharge the battery and make them more efficient."
WOW! This has shades of Roswell all over it.
I must admit that its properties seem to mimic those of the legendary Roswell materials.
One must ask, or wonder have they known since Roswell times
The first reported steps towards the discovery of the shape-memory effect were taken in the 1930s. According to Otsuka and Wayman, A. Ölander discovered the pseudoelastic behavior of the Au-Cd alloy in 1932. Greninger and Mooradian (1938) observed the formation and disappearance of a martensitic phase
Hands up anyone who thinks that this recent discovery does lead some credence of the descriptions given back in 1947? We are only just now discovering this technology. It certaintly made me think!