"Despite its incredibly low density, aerogel is one of the most powerful materials on the planet. It can support thousands of times its own weight, block out intense heat, cold and sound - yet it is...."
Quite a remarkable material. What stood out for me in this post was the use of photos to illustrate (dramatize might be a better term) the physical characteristics of aerogel.
Silica aerogels are discussed by dornob. There are other types.
dornob's post doesn't say where the photos came from. I think you'll find some of them familiar.
- "Aerogel FAQ's"
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
- "Aerogel Photos"
- "Aerogel Research at LBL: From the Lab to the Marketplace"
- "History of Silica Aerogels"
Arlon Hunt and Michael Ayers, Microstructured Materials Group, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (undated)