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How the Cold Affected Titanic's Metal Rivets [Video]

Temperature can dramatically change the properties of materials, as Yale University's Ainissa Ramirez shows
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The iceberg wasn't the only culprit in the Titanic's sinking. In this edition of Science Xplained, materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez of Yale University demonstrates how the metal rivets that held the ship together became brittle in the frigid waters and broke apart on impact with the iceberg, likely contributing to the enormity of the tragedy.

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