There's a law in physics that says anything that's a good conductor of electricity will be an equally good conductor of heat. Well, sorry physics: researchers have discovered that a familiar material called vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat. And that's just the latest news about vanadium dioxide's mind-boggling abilities.
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