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7 Man-made substances that laugh in the face of physics, God and fingerbanging.

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everyone loves pictures!...

 

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It's not the brick in the picture up there, it's the stuff under the brick. Aerogel, also called "Frozen Smoke," is very much like Ben Affleck's appeal: practically non-existent, but still there somehow. It is 99 percent air, with the other percent being silicon dioxide or fudge or whatever, and looks like fucking magic. Its structure makes it a piss-poor conductor and thus makes it an excellent insulator. In other words, aerogel is also fireproof.
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In addition to being awesomely heat resistant, aerogel can also hold insane amounts of weight proportionate to the size of the aerogel being used, up to 4000 times, which shames regular air something fierce. To put it in totally nonsensical terms, if air had a party, while aerogel was busy getting hummers in the back, loser oxygen would be making sure everyone was using a coaster. That's how much cooler aerogel is. Fuck you, oxygen.
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The suits astronauts use are filled with it to keep the cold of space from, you know, killing them. More transparent aerogels are being made to insulate windows, or the world's lightest ping-pong ball, as you can see in this clip at 0:36:

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I like how nearly every substance in the article is eventually going to be turned into some sort of bulletproof material.:lol:

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Sunglasses hinges that never break, toasters that get the toast right every time, TV remotes where the numbers don't wear off the buttons, ceiling fans that don't vibrate. Bags of chips that never get stuck in the vending machine. Carbon nanotubes will fucking solve it all.

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why the hell would you want it? its mostly nasa technology that has no practical use unless you are planning on going to mars

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why the hell would you want it? its mostly nasa technology that has no practical use unless you are planning on going to mars

 

 

nah. you cop a big ass block of that shit, paint it, throw it in a field or some shit, and you got a piece that looks like its floating mid air.

 

i win.

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off label uses for items are some of the most important products we have.

i could see some of this stuff going that way

like some uses in the kitchen for some of the it

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