Denver’s weekly Westword magazine has this article on titanium and the attempts to break it out of its traditional aerospace/defense industry niche, including its growing use in architecture, computers, jewelry, sports, knives, cars, medicine, and other areas. The upside: It’s as strong as steel but weighs half as much, it doesn’t rust, and it’s fairly plentiful. The downside: It’s expensive compared to steel and aluminum and its high melting point makes it difficult to work with under some conditions. Still, it’s nice to see it being used in other applications.

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