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A MIRACLE material for the 21st century could protect your home against bomb blasts, mop up oil spillages and even help man to fly to Mars.
Aerogel is nicknamed “frozen smoke” and is made by extracting water from a silica gel, then replacing it with gas such as carbon dioxide.
Originally posted by watch_the_rocksIt's a pity it is so expensive, as it would be perfect for making surfboards.
Is this more alien technology that has been reverse engineered by the government? It is being used by NASA and similiar companies. This discovery was sitting around for six decades when NASA decides to start using it. Seems a bit odd doesn't it?
Originally posted by Now_Then
Wasn't this the stuff they used to collect particles from a passing asteriod? If memory serves they shot a ball bearing at it and this aero gel stuff was arranged in a sort of tennis racquet thing that caught the particles causing very little damage to them, the whole thing then returned to earth.
Originally posted by Tom Bedlam
There's a neat aerogel light source with zinc in it that's blown full of tritium which becomes trapped in the gel when it hardens - a cube of light that will last for decades.
Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
This stuff has been around for ages. It's no 'miracle of the 21st century.' I remember watching something on TV years ago giving a detailed account of how to make it.
It's a pity it is so expensive, as it would be perfect for making surfboards.