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An American chemist in 1931, fueled by a bet, invented the earliest formula for what today’s scientists are calling this generations greatest scientific discovery according to maltastar.com. The substance is named Aerogel and it is one of the lightest solids in the world. Aerogel is strong enough to withstand a “1kg dynamite explosion and protect against heat from a blowtorch at more than 1,300C. According to calculateme.com 1,300C aka Celsius equates to 2,372 degrees Fahrenheit.
Nicknamed “frozen smoke”, Aerogel is made by extracting water from a silica gel and replacing it with a gas such as carbon dioxide according to Northwestern University professor Mercouri Kanatzidis. One of it’s greatest uses will be in absorbing pollution from liquids.
Scientist Mark Krajewski says Aerogel is “the ultimate spounge” with millions of tiny spores on it’s surface making it ideal for absorbing pollutants in water. Consequently the hopes for the near future are to implement “frozen smoke” as a green alternative to waste elimination during a disaster like what has happened in the San Francisco bay.
San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom has begun an investigation into the cause of the massive spill with plans to prosecute the companies and individuals responsible. Hopefully Mr. Newsom will also investigate alternative and new effective technologies in solving this disaster.
One last shot of Aerogel doing it’s thing. This is a tiny “slab” of Aerogel, the size of a graham cracker, protecting wax crayons from a blowtorch flame-amazing!