Researchers at MIT have developed a way to build large structures with lightweight materials.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a lightweight structure that can potentially revolutionize how we build planes, spacecraft, and large structures such as dikes or dams.

Research scientist Kenneth Cheung and MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms director Neil Gershenfield co-authored a paper on the study which was published recently on the Science online journal.

According to an article on MIT News, Gershenfield compared the structure to a chainmail. The lightweight structure is made of identical and interlocking parts that form a lattice structure that is ’10 times stiffer for a given weight than existing ultralight materials.’

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