Nitinol (pronounced "night-in-all") is an alloy metal that stands for Nickel (Ni), Titanium (Ti), and the "NOL" stands for the Naval Ordinance Laboratory where it was discovered. Bend it, then drop it into hot water and watch it return to its original shape! This crystalline metal changes phase around 75°C (167°F). You can also retrain this wire by annealing it. First bend it into the desired shape, heat it to a dull red glow along the entire length then cool it by immersing it in water. After cooling, the wire can be deformed but will instantly return to its newly trained shape by dunking it into hot water! Great physics demonstration for the classroom, and even makes a fun gift for practically anyone who admires the 'magic' of science.
Build a hand that realistically moves its fingers using shape memory allow technology!
This beautiful candle holder is carved out of natural amethyst!
This black scorpion specimen is great for the classroom setting!
A beautiful desk toy for your favorite person’s office!!
The Hoberman Sphere expands and contracts with a magical motion so fluid and simple that kids can't help but play with it for hours.
Illuminate both your room and your mind with this ingenious Periodic Table Lamp.