Posted on Monday, 21 November, 2011 | 13 comments| News tip by: Still Waters
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."