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Old 08-20-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Recent improvements to a type of material known as aerogel could lead to a new generation of highly insulating clothing, a major conference has heard.


Aerogels have been around for a long time, and have been described as "solid smoke" because they are so light.


But these traditional types - made from silica - are fragile and brittle.
By altering the composition and structure of these materials, scientists have now produced aerogels that are hundreds of times stronger.
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