YESSSSS! My roommate and I were discussing this last night. (we like to stay up late drinking and talking about materials)
What’s extra amazing about this material is that due to the nano (perhaps pico?) scale of its assembly it is one of the most perfect materials on the planet! Think about it this way: when there are huge groups of atoms there is room for mistakes without compromising the solidity of the structure. An improperly oriented or missing atom or two happens quite often, but when something is a half an inch thick the amount of variation that produces is negligible. But in the case of this structure the capillary tubes are as thin as a few atoms. If a molecular discrepancy occurs, and one of three atoms is missing, the solid portion of the material just doesn’t exist. It’s like moving directly from solid to vapor phase! Crazy.
ps: Aerogel just got replaced as the world’s lowest density solid.
(be sure to send a consolation card.)
Whats so cool about this new material (made of nickel)?
-Volume = 99.99% air
-Density = 0.9 milligram per cubic centimeter (less than one-thousandth that of water)
- Wall thickness of 100 nanometers, 1,000 times thinner than a human hair. (Material is made out of tubes basically)
-Check out the second set of pics; When it’s squashed, the tiny tubes buckle, but when the pressure is removed, it rebounds. A sample compressed to half its original height rebounds 98 percent of the way.
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