Aerogel – lightest, most expensive material in the world

Composed of 99% of air, Aerogel, aka “Blue Smoke”, is an absolutely amazing material that was originally developed by Steven Kistler back in 1931.

Aerogel is a low-density solid-state material derived from gel in which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with gas. The result is an extremely low density solid with several remarkable properties, most notably its effectiveness as an insulator. It is nicknamed frozen smoke, solid smoke or blue smoke due to its semi-transparent nature and the way light scatters in the material; however, it feels like expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) to the touch. (Source: Wikipedia)

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25 Responses to Aerogel – lightest, most expensive material in the world

  1. isn't that a leftover from the Beyond 2000 days? Did they do a house cleaning??

    If I recall correctly, it withstands fire very well.

  2. isn’t that a leftover from the Beyond 2000 days? Did they do a house cleaning??

    If I recall correctly, it withstands fire very well.

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  4. “Weighs so little per gram”….You….Fucking….Retard. A gram weighs a gram. It’s a fucking measurement of weight. That’s like saying a pound of feathers weighs less than a pound of bricks. Besides, Antihydrogen, the only type of antimatter that humans have successfully manufactured, costs an estimated 300 billion dollars per milligram to make. (Estimated because despite what the book “Angels and Demons” has to say, we haven’t ever made nearly that much.) THAT is the most expensive material by weight.

  5. "Weighs so little per gram"….You….Fucking….Retard. A gram weighs a gram. It's a fucking measurement of weight. That's like saying a pound of feathers weighs less than a pound of bricks. Besides, Antihydrogen, the only type of antimatter that humans have successfully manufactured, costs an estimated 300 billion dollars per milligram to make. (Estimated because despite what the book "Angels and Demons" has to say, we haven't ever made nearly that much.) THAT is the most expensive material by weight.