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Smart Memory Foam Made Smarter
September 24, 2009
Researchers from Northwestern University and Boise State University have figured out how to produce a less expensive, shape-shifting "memory" foam, which could lead to more widespread applications of the material, such as in surgical positioning tools and valve mechanisms. The researchers have created easily processable polycrystalline foams of a nickel-manganese-gallium alloy that changes shape when exposed to a magnetic field.
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