posted on Jan, 10 2011 @ 09:05 PM
Ok I hate to be the burden of bad news but THIS IS NOTHING UNEXPECTED!!! I have studied Mechanical Engineering for quite some time and am currently a
mechanical design engineer. The natural progression of composite or alloy materials has been known to be the future of engineering materials for over
twenty years. See: fiber-glass, carbon fiber, and advanced steel alloys. Combining the compression strength of ceramics and the tensile strength of
metals is "natural progression" the tech to do this may not have been around till now but the idea is not revolutionary.
I would think that if "reverse" (correct term) engineering was taking place then there would be plasma or electromagnetic shielding (force fields)
being developed in a promising direction. For now those are dreams.
Having vented I think this is really neat but I fail to see the practical application for this material. There are no visuals and I'll read through
the supplementary material that is supplied after the article in the link tomorrow but it doesn't seem like it is a clear material due to the way it
is formed. ( water-quenching quartz tubes with pd inside.) I'll read through the engineering material tomorrow and get back.