Aerogel Cube & JPL Scientist Peter Tsou by NASA/JPL via wikipedia: Nicknamed 'solid smoke', aerogel is a synthetic porous material derived from a gel, in which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with a gas, resulting in a very low density solid with thermal conductivity. It feels like styrofoam! #Aerogel #NASA_JPL #wikipedia Lightest Solid, Empty Spaces, Glasses, Blue Smoke, Frozen Smoke, Aerogel, Cubes, New Products, Solid Materials
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Aerogel is a synthetic porous ultralight material derived from a gel, in which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with a gas. The result is a solid with extremely low density and thermal conductivity. Nicknames include “frozen smoke”, “solid smoke”, “solid air” or “blue smoke” owing to its translucent nature and the way light scatters in the material; however, it feels like expanded polystyrene(styrofoam) to the touch. In fact, Aerogel is 99.8 percent empty space.
Aerogel, also know as frozen smoke, is the world’s lowest density solid, only three times denser than air. If you hold a small piece in your hand, it’s practically impossible to either see or feel, but if you poke it, it’s like styrofoam. It supports up to 4,000 times its own weight and can withstand a direct blast from two pounds of dynamite. It’s also the best insulator in existence.
"Yup, that’s a brick. It’s sitting on Aerogel, “frozen smoke,” the world’s lowest-density solid. The stuff is 99.8% air but can support 2,000 times its own weight, and it holds 15 entries in the Guinness Book of Records. Most amazingly, it was first created in 1931 by Dr. Samuel Kistler."