Developed in California
A team of researchers from UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories, and the California Institute of Technology claim to have created the "world's lightest" material. The findings, published in the Nov. 18 issue of the journal Science, say that the material is 100 times lighter than styrofoam, and capable of sitting atop a feathery dandelion without dispersing its seeds. Here's how it works:
Microlattice, reportedly the world's lightest material, is made of interlocking hollow nickel tubes that are each 1,000 times thinner than a human hair. Photo: Dan Little Â© HRL Laboratories, LLC.