Scientists invent lightest material on Earth. What now?

Scientists have invented a new material that is so lightweight it can sit atop a fluffy dandelion without crushing the little fuzzy seeds.

It's so lightweight, styrofoam is 100 times heavier.

It is so lightweight, in fact, that the research team consisting of scientists at UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories and Caltech say in the peer-reviewed Nov. 18 issue of Science that it is the lightest material on Earth, and no one has asked them to run a correction yet.

That's light!

The material has been dubbed "ultralight metallic microlattice," and according to a news release sent out by UC Irvine, it consists of 99.99% air thanks to its "microlattice" cellular architecture.

 

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So yhea, What now? :)

 

 

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Comment by Ellison Chan on November 19, 2011 at 12:36pm

I bet they can also make the claim that it's the most expensive material on earth, by weight.

Comment by Greg Fletcher on November 19, 2011 at 10:17pm

It's not a structural material. It's just super light. Has a good strength to weight ratio and very little weight and thus not much strength either.

Comment by John Rambo on November 22, 2011 at 3:16am

I would choose aerogel instead due to its strenght capabilities


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Comment by Olivier ADLER on November 27, 2011 at 11:10am

 

Aerogel is impressive... Invented in 1931...

 

Here is some interesting informations :

 

http://www.aerogel.org/

 

Seems that it is not so expensive to produce.

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