20 Nov '11, 5am

Researchers create metal 100 times lighter than Styrofoam

Researchers create metal 100 times lighter than Styrofoam

A metal developed by a team of researchers from University of California at Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology is pictured resting on a dandelion fluff without damaging it in this undated publicity photo released to Reuters on Nov 17, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS (KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A team of researchers from UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology have developed the world's lightest material - with a density of 0.9 mg/cc - about one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam, ScienceDaily reported. The new material redefines the limits of lightweight materials because of its unique 'micro-lattice' cellular architecture. The researchers were able to make a material that consists of 99.99 per cent air by designing the 0.01 percent solid at the nanometer, micron and millimeter scales. 'The trick is to fabric...

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