Scientists made the lightest metal ever and you can balance it on a dandelion

Boeing Develops Metal That's 100x Lighter Than Styrofoam
Boeing Develops Metal That's 100x Lighter Than Styrofoam

Researchers are constantly pushing the boundaries to develop new technology to apply to aircrafts and, this time, airplane manufacturer Boeing may have hit the jackpot with the creation of the lightest metal out there. The structure they ideate is made of 99.99 percent air, making it so light that a fragile dandelion can hold its weight. While the material is 100 times lighter than styrofoam, the researchers at Boeing's HRL Laboratories were able to make the metallic microlattice structure very resistant to stress and flexible, which allows for new concepts in the construction of aircrafts.

The material resembles the construction of bones, which are porous structures, hard on the outside but very light inside, as a network of interconnected tubes. According to Geek, HRL Technical Director Gail Taylor-Smith commented :

%shareLinks-quote="With mechanical properties that allow the substance to flex we might one day be able to compress space systems to reduce deployed volume, but once in orbit could be expanded to normal size, like a pop-up satellite." type="quote" author="Gail Taylor-Smith" authordesc="HRL Technical Director" isquoteoftheday="false"%

Here is the full video that Boeing released:

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