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Aerogel Hailed As New Wonder Material

Twinbee (767046) writes | more than 6 years ago

Space 1

Twinbee writes "The amazing properties of the space-age material aerogel have been known for some time, but only now is it beginning to be manufactured for widespread use. Highlights of the news article include resistance from a blowtorch at more than 1,300C, and how "6mm of aerogel was left almost unscathed by a direct dynamite blast". Perhaps the most obvious use for the 'super-sponge' like material is for insulation, whether we're talking about mountain boots, house insulation, or any winter wear.

Quote: "However, it has failed to convince the fashion world. Hugo Boss created a line of winter jackets out of the material but had to withdraw them after complaints that they were too hot.""

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Silica Gel: DO NOT EAT. (1)

Bruce Perens (3872) | more than 6 years ago | (#20290907)

It seems to me that I meet aerogel all of the time, but mostly as a humidity absorber in packaged products, especially pharmaceuticals and electronics.
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