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.
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) have agreed to establish a new scheme for joint funding of Japanese-German cooperative research in nanoelectronics.