Tech: Aerogel

So, I know I don’t post much about tech so here’s my favourite “tech related” substance…(!)


Wow, this stuff is cool. Some people say it looks like solid smoke. It’s basically the best insulator in the world. The New York Times reported:

“It has 14 Guinness Book of World Records-type properties,” Dr. Tsou said. “It’s the lowest density of any solid, and it has the highest thermoinsulation properties. Though it would be very expensive, you could take a two- or three-bedroom house, insulate it with aerogel, and you could heat the house with a candle. But eventually the house would become too hot.”

I WANT some! You can buy me some here, read the Wikipedia article here and read some archive material about it here from Berkeley Labs.

Aerogel at NASA - Solid smoke!

 Aerogel and it’s best mate, Brick!


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An IT Manager with an interest in tech (because he's a geek who enjoys his job too much) and food & wine (because he enjoys eating and drinking when not working).
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