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Zinc-Based Material Expands Under Pressure
8/23/2013

A diagram of the chemical structure of a newly discovered material that expands under pressure. The material could be used to design things like artificial muscles and highly sensitive touchscreen monitors.(Source: University of Oxford)
A diagram of the chemical structure of a newly discovered material that expands under pressure. The material could be used to design things like artificial muscles and highly sensitive touchscreen monitors.
(Source: University of Oxford)

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Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   8/23/2013 9:44:47 AM
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It always does my heart good to see these projects that work on materials or properties of materials that do not have a specific outcome or application in mind. Necessity is not always the mother of invention.

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Greg M. Jung   8/23/2013 2:03:47 PM
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Fascinating article.  I am especially impressed by the innovation and vision that this team has in order to understand the arrangement and behavior of this material on a nanometer scale.  Great scientific work.

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negative linear compressibility
vimalkumarp   8/24/2013 5:40:07 AM
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This is a great article explaing  negative linear compressibility . The possibility of making artificial muscles or touchscreen monitors with this material is really exciting.

vimalkumarp
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vimalkumarp   8/24/2013 5:44:13 AM
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@Rob: I really like the insight that you have mentioned.Necessity is not always the mother of invention. These kind of inventions actually stretches the limits of possibilites.

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far911   8/24/2013 7:53:52 AM
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Fascinating indeed. Materials engineering has always caught my eye and this zinc-based material has a unique property of its own. This will open doors to new avenues and bring out more possibilities. Thanks for sharing. 

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taimoortariq   8/25/2013 12:34:14 AM
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Definitely a great innovation in the materials world, and it has a great scope in the areas where pressure variations are used as inputs. But I agree, gold is a game spoiler. It will make the products price sky rocket. I hope there exists another material that can replace gold, to form a similar structure and geometry having a similar reaction to pressure.

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taimoortariq   8/25/2013 12:44:29 AM
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I agree, there have been many cases where the inventions were just made on basis of accidents. Some times it was keen observation (like Newton observing an apple). And sometimes its just the passion and interest for the field that leads people to discover and invent marvelous things.

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vimalkumarp   8/25/2013 1:03:41 AM
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I agree to othat , gold is a game spoiler.

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far911   8/25/2013 4:13:55 AM
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@taimoor - I guess we can add alchemists into the mix, heh. On a serious note, I'm positive scientists will come up with a more accessible and disposable material soon. 

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Elizabeth M   8/26/2013 6:02:42 AM
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Yes, Rob, I agree, sometimes research for research's sake just to invent something new and innovative is refreshing. It seems sometimes that a lot of research happens just to solve a problem, and that is good, of course, because there are good technologies that are developed this way. But I agree that freestyling it and seeing what happens is also a good way forward.

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