A Massachusetts Institute of Technology research team has invented a new protective coating that is less hazardous to the environment and workers who produce chrome-plated components. Christopher Schuh, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at MIT, claims his team has created a nickel-tungsten alloy that is more durable and safer to make than chrome. The new coating, which Schuh says could be used for engine parts and shock absorbers, now is being tested on the ...

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