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World's Most Lightwieght Material

Posted on the 18 November 2011 by Mikeb302000
World's Most Lightwieght Material
via Boing Boing from UCIrvine Today
The new material redefines the limits of lightweight materials because of its unique “micro-lattice” cellular architecture. The researchers were able to make a material that consists of 99.99 percent air by designing the 0.01 percent solid at the nanometer, micron and millimeter scales. “The trick is to fabricate a lattice of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness 1,000 times thinner than a human hair,” said lead author Dr. Tobias Schaedler of HRL.
The material’s architecture allows unprecedented mechanical behavior for a metal, including complete recovery from compression exceeding 50 percent strain and extraordinarily high energy absorption.
Here's the gun obsession test. While reading about that miraculous material, did you or did you not think of the implications for the gun industry? When you read "complete recovery from compression," did you or did you not think about triggers or bullets?
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