World's Lightest Solid!

31 maí 2019
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Aerogels are the world's lightest (least dense) solids. They are also excellent thermal insulators and have been used in numerous Mars missions and the Stardust comet particle-return mission. The focus of this video is silica aerogels, though graphene aerogels are now technically the lightest.
At one point Dr. Steven Jones literally held the Guinness World Record for making the lightest aerogel and therefore lightest solid. If you're interested in learning more about aerogels, let me know in the comments as there is a potential trilogy in the works...
Huge thanks to Dr. Stephen Steiner and the crew at Aerogel Technologies. To find out more or buy your own aerogel sample, check out:
Thanks to Dr. Steven Jones and Dr. Mihail Petkov at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
And thanks to FLIR for loaning us the awesome high definition thermal camera. The footage is amazing!
Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
Donal Botkin, Michael Krugman, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd, Penward Rhyme and everyone who provided feedback on an early draft of this video.
Filming by Raquel Nuno
Animations by Maria Raykova
Drawings by Mariel Solsberg
Music From "Seaweed" "Swagger Stagger"

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  • I mean paper is the slightest solid? like tear into really small! I mean it should be

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  • could it be used to construct an see through plane skin? or added to tank armor to dampen Monroe effect? bazooka/rpg hits outer skin to absorb impact; then aerogel douses the chemical flame. better than that - coating on bottom of vehicles to deflate IED. SAVE LIVES!

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  • I remember when I 1st watched a documentary when NASA used the aero gel on SOHO , I thought it was capturing the particles blasted off of the sun , but you said it was off a comet . Also , I remember watching another documentary on the man who " supposedly " was the 1st person to invent it , who was an Asian man . Wow , I was surprised to hear here that it was invented in the 30's . Nonetheless, my impression of the material stii is in complete amazement & awe . I knew when I 1st saw it , all the wonderful capabilities it can , & 1 day be used for ! Truely , 1 of the best inventions of my time if not the past millennium

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  • A cube of glass of that size with thin walls is also 99 percent air and has same weight

    The RationalistThe Rationalist2 dögum síðan
    • But it is filled with air

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  • It looks like solid smoke.

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  • Air still most lightest thing in the world

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  • Thanks information

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  • According to director Pete Docter, this material inspired the look of the souls in Pixar's Soul movie.

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    • I saw that! It makes sense...they look like this light airy material. Almost translucent.

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    • I am interested in different kinds of aerogel for insulation... is there a phone number I can contact?

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  • Can the pores in Aerogel be backfilled with helium to the point where the solid aerogel floats in 1ATM air?

    Jim RadleJim Radle3 dögum síðan
    • "Unfortunately,, even the lightest aerogels, even if evacuated or backfilled with helium, would be too heavy to float in air, especially if laminated to seal the outer edges of the monolith. However, a helium-backfilled aerogel can be made to float if dropped into an aquarium filled with a dense gas such as xenon." *wonders about hydrogen...*

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  • So in terms of "when will you see it in your everyday life" aerogel loudspeaker cones have been a thing for a while, e.g. Audax HD-A. That said, what they are calling "High Definition Aerogel" may be a composite, not sure.

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  • 99.8% Air. That means it's .998 Gram Air & .002 Gram other substance. Oh, I can eat them. I would like to taste 1 Gram Aerogel

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  • Not a solid but a foam

    Jim WhelanJim Whelan4 dögum síðan
  • Aerogel: im 99.8% air. Lays: *finally a worthy challenger.* yes im am making a meme

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    • @Matthew Cheung *y e s*

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    • @Liam y e s

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    • memes so?

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  • Experiment One: An experiment was carried out to demonstrate the insulating power of Aerogel.

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