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Magnet makeover

A new family of magnets may be a first step toward organic versions of the familiar metal objects, researchers say.

Fabricating metal magnets requires high temperatures, notes Robin G. Hicks, a chemist at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. With organic substitutes, it may be possible to mix up magnets in a room-temperature solution and easily mold them into films or other shapes that could find new uses, he says.

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