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Mystifying Materials

May 23, 2012

chemistry graphic It's not magic, but new materials designed by two Northwestern University researchers seem to exhibit magical properties. When tensioned, ordinary materials expand along the direction of the applied force. The new metamaterials do the opposite when tensioned--they contract. Other materials designed by the researchers expand when compressed. Full Story

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