Futurism is a favorite topic of mine, one I wish I could find more time to curate more of. This is an excellent post that was actually delivered right to my inbox from StumbleUpon. These are 10 materials that are quite remarkable.
If you are like me and enjoy the possibilities the future holds with advanced materials like these, then you will really find this article quite interesting. From materials that are stronger than diamonds, which could build towers several miles high, to advanced materials that can make you invisible. We start with Aerogel which has amazing properties.
From the article.
Aerogel holds 15 entries in the Guinness Book of Records, more than any other material. Sometimes called “frozen smoke”, aerogel is made by the super-critical drying of liquid gels of alumina, chromia, tin oxide, or carbon. It’s 99.8% empty space, which makes it look semi-transparent. Aerogel is a fantastic insulator — if you had a shield of aerogel, you could easily defend yourself from a flamethrower. It stops cold, it stops heat. You could build a warm dome on the Moon. Aerogels have unbelievable surface area in their internal fractal structures — cubes of aerogel just an inch on a side may have an internal surface area equivalent to a football field. Despite its low density, aerogel has been looked into as a component of military armor because of its insulating properties.
2. Carbon nanotubes
4. Bulk diamond
5. Bulk fullerenes
6. Amorphous metal
8. Metal foam
9. Transparent alumina
Read about all of these amazing materials here:
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