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Saturday, March 3, 2018

GeekSpeak – new materials, what has been invented and what is to come? Join the discussion Saturday March 3rd at 12pm SLT

Let’s discuss what is new in material science.  Did you know about transparent aluminium (aluminum for Americans), graphene or spider silk rope?  And do you know about the new shapes for materials, like honeycombs, that will make them stronger?  Have you heard of vantablack, the blackest paint ever made?

Some new materials are really new, such as cloth grown from fungus or graphene or aerogel, the lightest substance ever made. Some are new uses for very old materials, such as fabric made of spider silk or houses made of ice for use on Mars.

All materials were new once.  Let’s think of how the ancients saw silk, let’s think of what aliens would think of wood.  What new materials do you see in the future?  And what new inventions would you like to see?  Maybe the ‘slow glass’ of science fiction that traps light in glass, maybe materials that can bend light so that they make people invisible.

Come and talk with us about the latest fashion in materials.

We are always looking for new subjects for GeekSpeak.  If there is anything you would like us to talk about please IM Vulcan Viper.


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