Miracle Material for the 21st Century?

Miracle Material for the 21st Century?
Jeff Squires
  • 20 august 2007

A recent article in the Times Online is touting the amazing properties of what some are calling the miracle material for the 21st century.  Aerogel, also known as “frozen smoke,” is made by extracting water from a silica gel, then replacing it with gas such as carbon dioxide and derives it’s nickname from it’s cloudy appearance.  To the touch, aerogels feels like a light but rigid foam, something between styrofoam and the green floral foam used for arranging flowers.

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