Crumpled kitchen foil that lays flat for reuse. Dents in car doors that disappear when heated with a hairdryer. These and other physical feats may become possible with a technique to make memory metals.
In an effort to develop environmentally progressive technologies for aerospace applications, Boeing plans to conduct experimental flight tests this year of a manned airplane powered only by a fuel cell and lightweight batteries.
New research suggests that carbon nanotubes may soon be integrated into ever-shrinking cell phones, digital audio players, and personal digital assistants to help ensure the equipment does not overheat, malfunction, or fail.