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Published: 31 March 2018

By Andy Ross

A new material from baskets

A unique material has come about because of Japanese basket patterns. 

Inspired by the Japanese craft of basket-making called Kagome, interlaced triangles which will be instantly familiar to most of us, a new composite metal has been created. The new metal uses iron and tin in atomic layers, each laid out in the Kagome lattice. This means that any current passing through the layers exhibits particular and peculiar behaviour such as bending power backwards, or pivoting around corners. The idea is exciting because of the possibilities such as power lines which do not lose energy through dissipation. 

You can read more about this on the BBC website.