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Is Transparent Aluminium Here?

By Andrew Pollack on 10/04/2007 at 05:42 PM EDT

"New Material is extremely strong — and Transparent

The stuff is really strong, really stiff, and lasts a long time. It isn't porn though, it is a polymer.

From TFA: "Science Daily — By mimicking a brick-and-mortar molecular structure found in seashells, University of Michigan researchers created a composite plastic that's as strong as steel but lighter and transparent."


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omg!By John Vaughan on 10/04/2007 at 06:01 PM EDT
dude you won't believe this, but just this morning i was getting onto the
highway and i had this thought that someday they would able to build really big
things (like highways maybe) that would be made out of something i think of as
"plasteel" (a term i'm sure i got from a sci fi novel i don't remember). it
would be plastic, but as strong as steel, and thus really easy to form into
whatever shape they want. in other words, let's say you had a highway that was
clearly designed by ppl who were not able to think past the next ten minutes,
and had only given us two lanes (like say, the toll road i get on every
morning). with plasteel they could add an upper deck in a short amount of time,
very cheaply and quickly. at least theoretically.

soooo weird that you posted this today.

*sings twilight zone music*
re: Is Transparent Aluminium Here?By Richard Schwartz on 10/04/2007 at 10:10 PM EDT
It's really strong, but if you crack it with a really big nutcracker, and dip
it in butter...

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