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Light Nano Material

 
Light Nano Material

Light Nano Material


A team of researchers at UC Irvine have created what has been described as the "world's lightest material". The material is formed of a lattice of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness 1,000 times thinner than a human hair. The bulk of the object consists of 99.99 percent air, whilst the lattice is formed of nanometer, micron and millimeter scale metal struts.

The resulting structure is so light it can be placed on top of a dandelion plant without disturbing the seeds, as pictured above.

Objects formed from this material display some interesting properties including the ability to make a complete recovery from compression and extraordinarily high energy absorption.


   

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