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December 20th, 2004
It's a material chemist's version of the riddle of the Sphinx: What substance can conduct electricity like a metal, yet also stretch like a rubber band?
Earlier this year, a team of researchers at a Blacksburg, Virginia company called NanoSonic found the answer in Metal Rubber, a filmy brown material that can extend to three times its original length and conduct electricity as well as a bar of steel, says NanoSonic founder Dr. Rick Claus.
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