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New Metallic Bubble Wrap Out-Pops Plastic

 Engineers at North Carolina State University invented the metallic bubble wrap as a way to improve the durability of packaging materials for electronics and suitcases, along with other products such as car doors, airplane wings and helmets, where it can also be used in the products themselves. The metal is not meant to replace traditional plastic bubble wrap, but to be used when circumstances call for sturdier cushioning.

"If you are packing a piece of glass to ship it, you may still want to use plastic," Afsaneh Rabiei, an engineer from NC State University and lead researcher on the project, told LiveScience.

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