Christopher Joyce Reports On Experiments

with types of plastics in the new field of materials science. One scientist created molecules of plastic which spontaneously assembeled themselves into mushroom shapes, thanks to tiny, naturally occuring electrical forces. These shapes then arranged themselves in a completely unexpected way, producing a material that might one day be used to prevent airplane wings from icing, or steel from corroding.



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