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7 Most Fascinating And Powerful Materials Science Has Come Up With E-mail
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We often hear of new technological improvements - robots, gadgets, phones, vehicles, medicine and more.
But these are just part of the picture of scientific achievement. No less important is the field of chemical engineering, which has invented some amazing materials in recent years, materials that may forever change our lives.
These are 7 of the most fascinating and powerful materials science has come up with in recent years.


1. Aerogel

7 Most Fascinating And Powerful Materials Science Has Come Up With

Aerogel is the proud holder of 15 mentions in the Guinness Book of Records, which is more than any material has ever had.
Also known as the 'frozen smoke', a nickname resulting looking like solid smoke, aerogel is actually 99.8% empty space, which explains its semi-transparent look. This material is a terrific insulator.
With a shield made from aerogel, you could challenge any flamethrower without danger - it will take it without you feeling a thing. It does the same with cold. With enough of it, you could build a comfortable house on the moon.
Another amazing factoid - an inch of aerogel could have an internal structure so complex that an inch long piece could have a surface area as long as football field.


Last Updated ( Monday, 14 July 2014 )
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The Super Guppy Airbus By NASA E-mail
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The Boeing 377SG Super Guppy flew for the first time on 31 August 1965. Without the Super Guppy, the only other way to get NASA's Apollo rocket stages from California to Florida was on a slow boat through the Panama Canal. The Super Guppy cut not just days, but weeks and months out of the schedules. Of course, this success was also its downfall. Once the Apollo and Skylab programs were terminated, dwindling public interest in the space program forced cutbacks in funding. In an attempt to keep the company afloat, Aero Spacelines had to look for commercial applications for the Guppy.

The Super Guppy Airbus By NASA

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