Science & Technology
World's lightest material unveiled
By T.K. Randall
November 21, 2011 · 13 comments
Image Credit: Dan Little, HRL Laboratories
The remarkable new material is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam and consists of 99.99% air.
Developed at the University of California, the material is comprised of a micro-lattice of tiny hollow metallic tubes that are 1,000 times thinner than a human hair. Scientists hope to utilise the material in the construction of batteries and shock absorbers.
The substance is made out of tiny hollow metallic tubes arranged into a micro-lattice - a criss-crossing diagonal pattern with small open spaces between the tubes.
Source: BBC News
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