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Aerogel is a space-age material famed for having the lowest bulk density of any known porous solid – it is has been described as “solid smoke” due to its lightness and has been used to create everything from batteries to oil spill clean-up equipment. Now a team of researchers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center has announced that advances in aerogel could lead to a new generation of highly insulating clothing. In the past, aerogel was dismissed for use in clothing as it is made from silica and can be fragile and brittle. However scientists have altered the composition and structure of aerogel to make it up to five hundred times stronger.

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  1. craftedusa October 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Can anyone tell me who the manufacturer of this Ultra-thin aerogel is? Thank you.

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