Insulation... OF TOMORROW

Insulation... OF TOMORROW

Insulation... OF TOMORROW

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Feb. 10 2010 12:13 PM

Insulation... OF TOMORROW

This is cool: recent tech advances have lowered the cost of making aerogel sufficiently that it can be used for home insulation!

I've written about his bizzaro stuff before: it's a silica gel that has so many air pockets in it it is essentially barely more dense than air itself. It has a lot of uses, like putting on board spacecraft to catch particles from comets. But it's such a good insulator that it may very well revolutionize the industry.

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It's been around since before the space program, so we can't attribute this invention to space age tech, but it does have a lot of uses, and I bet as the price lowers people will find lots of other ways to use it.

I love living in the future.