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Beyond the kitchen sink

If you look closely, stainless steel is not actually 'stainless' — it does corrode. Corrosion is known to develop near sulphide impurities in the metal, but not, it seems, in the way we once thought.

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Figure 1: Stainless character.

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Newman, R. Beyond the kitchen sink. Nature 415, 743–744 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1038/415743a

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