Is it a metal, is it a glass?
Out here in the thicket of minor metals applications, procreating like so many iodic crystals on a hafnium wire, here is one of the latest – metallic glass. Yes, you read that right. Neither purely metal nor purely glass, this new material – which has been trademarked Liquidmetal – can be cast like a metal but has some of the properties of glass. It has been described to me like this – in a conventional alloy you usually want crystals to form. In an amorphous alloy (an alloy