World's Lightest Material Can Be Lifted By A Dandelion Fluff!

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Researchers from the University of Irvine and The California Institute of Technology have created what they believe is the world's lightest material - One that can sit atop a Dandelion Fluff, without destroying its seeds.

Purported to be 100 times lighter than Styrofoam, the material is made from 99.99% air and tiny hollow metallic tubes with walls 1,000 times thinner than a single strand of human hair. Yet, it is strong enough to bounce back to 98% of its original shape, after being compressed to half its size.

The researchers say the secret to their creation is the orderly lattice design arrangement of the hollow metallic tubes. This not only makes it more resilient to impact than other ultra-light substance, like aerogels which have random cellular structures, but also, have extremely high energy absorption properties.

While further tests and development are needed, experts believe that once ready, this material will be useful for battery electrodes or inside materials that require acoustic, vibration or shock energy absorption.

Resources: Sciencedaily,com.

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474 Comments
  • RainbowKittenMonday, February 18, 2019 at 4:35 pm
    I call dandelion fluffs wishies
    • mattawesomepant
      mattawesomepantSunday, May 1, 2016 at 4:01 pm
      tiny article
      • trollolol_15
        trollolol_15Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 3:47 pm
        that's mad
        • lollipopTuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:58 am
          crazy!!!!!!!!!!
          • MR.UGLYPANTSWednesday, January 7, 2015 at 11:04 am
            eww eating dandelion fluff uaa
            • greekgods123
              greekgods123Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 1:51 pm
              true
            • flabbr
              flabbrSunday, December 7, 2014 at 8:29 am
              That's cool. I like how DOGOnews finds all this stuff to write about.
              • nikukyu
                nikukyuMonday, November 17, 2014 at 3:52 am
                I wish my school bag was made out of it!
                • doshaFriday, March 14, 2014 at 11:37 am
                  i wish ihad that
                  • yaguilera120
                    yaguilera120Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm
                    awesome
                    • brookelol
                      brookelolMonday, December 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm
                      that is soooo cool; i wanna hold it!!!!