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[PS] New Nanometal Changes from Hard to Soft at the Flip of a Switch.

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http://www.popsci.com/science/articl...ft-flip-switch
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Researchers at the Technical University of Hamburg and the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht have engineered a new nanomaterial that changes from hard to soft with the flip of a switch.

The material is essentially an electrically tunable metal that can be hard and brittle or soft and malleable depending on the charge passing through it. To create the material, researchers placed precious metals like gold and platinum in an acidic bath, where corrosion cuts tiny porous channels or ducts through the metal. Those interior channels are then filled with a conductive liquid partner, like a diluted acid or saline solution.
Fantastic stuff!

I wonder if it would make a good heatsink, with all the shape shifting and what not.
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:insert joke here:

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Crysis? :O
More like Metapod's Harden attack.
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An expensive heatsink considering all the gold and platinum :O
    
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New type of transistor? Hard = on, soft = off

Just something to think about.
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This could be great in combat, as per the crysis references. If a soldier is off duty and wants to be comfortable, make it soft and malleable. If a combat situation arises, make it solidify to absorb or deflect enemy ordnance. I imagine it'd be more comfortable for combat too, fitting to the soldier's body when soft, then hardening would allow it to b form fitting. This stuff sounds fun!
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