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Glass That Gives Steel a Run for its Money

If there's one thing that people associate with glass -- aside from its transparency -- is a propensity to break. That might not be true for much longer. A collaboration between Berkley Lab and Caltech has developed glass that bends like steel, instead of shattering like, well, glass.

The trick to this metallic glass is, simply put, metal (we were expecting something else as well). Microalloys made of palladium and silver are added into the mix. The resulting new material, when bent, forms multiple shear bands instead of outright cracking. It's stronger than even other metal-infused glass. This could lead to things like stronger touchscreens for your smartphone and who knows, even relatively thin glass panels that can shrug off enemy fire.

[source: Berkley Lab via Gizmag]