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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2018
     
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2018 edited
     
    Fascinating. Gold and tellurium atoms, that were created in supernova explosions and dispersed throughout space, condensed from the primordial gas into or onto rocky planets and somehow aggregated together into calaverite crystals that somehow wound up in the crust of one of those said rocky planets, near enough to the surface to be found and extracted by the primitive beings inhabiting that world.
    Right. It makes a great story doesn't it?
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    Wait till they find out about hafnium praesodymium terbide
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2019
     
    Breakthrough in ice-repelling materials.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190115162340.htm
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2019
     
    That could be very important if it pans out in practice. Note to Wee Donald anent his immigration policies
    collaborators on the project include Payman Irajizad, Abdullah Al-Bayati, Bahareh Eslami, Taha Shafquat, Masoumeh Nazari, Parham Jafari, Varun Kashyap and Ali Masoudi, all with the UH Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Daniel Araya,
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2019
     
    ‘Metallic wood’ has strength of titanium but is up to five times lighter.

    https://www.theengineer.co.uk/metallic-wood-nickel/
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    So good for ... artificial legs?
    This strikes me as a tad parochial.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2019
     
    Very strong very light metal. Obviousky a niche thing. Airship gondolas?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2019 edited
     
    Posted By: Trim‘Metallic wood’ has strength of titanium but is up to five times lighter.


    I detest statements of that sort. What's wrong with "is one-fifth the weight"?

    I finally determined what exactly it is that irks me so. Substitute "cast iron" for "titanium" and "ten" for "five", to wit;

    "Metallic wood has strength of cast iron but is up to ten times lighter."

    "Lighter" is comparative degree, implying that cast iron is "light'. I suppose that it could be if compared to neutronium.

    Worse yet, the article nothing to do with wood per se--it describes a porous metal structure, whose cellular arrangement is somewhat akin to that of wood.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2019
     
    ^^^^^
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    dittos
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2019
     
    Nickel.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2019
     
    Self-growing materials that strengthen in response to force.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190131143408.htm
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    Like little people
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2019