Move over, Hollywood: self-destructing phones are now real

A demonstration of the new technique

We’ve all been there before: you’re on a top-secret mission in enemy territory, when suddenly you realize you’ve been made, and have to immediately dispose of your electronics. Up until now the only options available were physically breaking it and hoping for the best, but that is both risky and takes time. Thankfully, the Saudi Arabia-based King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has invented a cheap and easy solution for you, the average consumer.
The science goes like this: a layer of a special polymer is applied to a silicon chip inside a given device, and lays there dormant, unless it gets heated above 80

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