Scientists Invent Lightest Material On Earth

Scientists Invent Lightest Material On EarthLA Times

Scientists at UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories, and Caltech have made history by inventing the lightest material on Earth. 

Made out of 90% nickel and consisting of 99.9% air, the new material, dubbed "ultralight metallic microlattice," is light enough to be balanced atop a dandelion without crushing the fuzzy seeds. 

The team presented its finidings in the November 18th issue of the peer-review magazine Science. In the article, lead author Tobias Shandler said, "The trick is to fabricate a lattice of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness 1,000 times thinner than a human hair." 

As of now there are no clear uses for the new material. We think they should first work on giving it a new, catchier name. 

[via LA Times]

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