“Ultralight metallic microlattice” = cool

balanced on dandelion

A University of California (Irvine) team is pursuing the “ultralight material” trophy with this creation, a metallic microlattice that exhibits “complete recovery after compression exceeding 50% strain, and energy absorption similar to elastomers.”

Via The Atlantic, which calls it “the world’s lightest material” and adds:

The material, which is 100 times lighter than Styrofoam, is 99.99% air. The rest is a micro-lattice that can be made out of many materials, but the one in the above picture is composed mostly of nickel.

The photograph is inspired.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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