Aerogel Aerogels feel like Styrofoam to the touch. Wikimedia Commons/NASA
Diamonds are the hardest solid materials we know, and the ghostly space-age materials known as aerogels are the least dense. Looking for a challenge, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory decided to combine these substances and turn out a spongy, translucent version of a girl’s best friend.
The result is a diamond aerogel, definitely the least dense diamond ever and perhaps one of the most valuable aerogels ever. Bot…
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