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Transparent Aluminum is "New State of Matter"
ScienceDaily ^ | 27 July 2009 | University of Oxford

Posted on 07/28/2009 11:02:53 AM PDT by redpoll

Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminium’ previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aluminum; business; innovation; startrek
All I can think about is Scotty providing the formula allowing us to process this material. LOL
1 posted on 07/28/2009 11:02:54 AM PDT by redpoll
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To: redpoll

I guess we won’t be working with polymers anymore!


2 posted on 07/28/2009 11:04:52 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: redpoll

Cool..It would be awesome to have an aluminum roof to listen to the rain and still be able to see it as well......Interesting....


3 posted on 07/28/2009 11:05:28 AM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
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To: redpoll; KevinDavis

beat me to it.


4 posted on 07/28/2009 11:06:01 AM PDT by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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To: redpoll

Star Trek Ping?


5 posted on 07/28/2009 11:07:23 AM PDT by cranked
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To: jakerobins
the invisible effect lasted for only an extremely brief period – an estimated 40 femtoseconds
6 posted on 07/28/2009 11:08:11 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: redpoll

I use to check this site alot

but their to liberally biased

keep talking about man-made “global warming” effecting things


7 posted on 07/28/2009 11:09:03 AM PDT by LiveAnotherDay
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To: redpoll

Ya, I remember Scotty gave the guy in the 20th century the formula for transparent aluminum.

If I remember right, somebody asked Scotty about the ethics of giving a man in the 20th century that advanced technology, and Scotty said, how do we know that this 20th century guy didn’t invent transparent aluminum, or something along those lines.


8 posted on 07/28/2009 11:09:03 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: redpoll

Funny, I first read about transparent metals in Larry Niven / Jerry Porenelle’s “Ringworld” series, written in 1970. Those guys are geniuses.


9 posted on 07/28/2009 11:09:12 AM PDT by mudblood
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To: redpoll
Whilst the invisible effect lasted for only an extremely brief period – an estimated 40 femtoseconds –

The entire power output of a city used to get aluminum to appear transparent for 40 femtoseconds. Just wow......

10 posted on 07/28/2009 11:10:00 AM PDT by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

"Hello, computer?"


11 posted on 07/28/2009 11:10:34 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: redpoll

Any whales missing from a California seaquarium?


12 posted on 07/28/2009 11:10:53 AM PDT by fso301
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To: mudblood

Baaah, Wonderwoman had an invisible plane years ago.


13 posted on 07/28/2009 11:12:02 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: redpoll

This reminds me of an old Amos & Andy TV episode where the Kingfish dreamed up a scam to sell “invisible glass” (nothing but air).


14 posted on 07/28/2009 11:16:03 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: from occupied ga

How long is a “femtosecond”?


15 posted on 07/28/2009 11:16:27 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: redpoll

ping


16 posted on 07/28/2009 11:21:22 AM PDT by 4Speed
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To: COBOL2Java
formula has been around for a while, 1995 i think.


17 posted on 07/28/2009 11:21:22 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: andy58-in-nh
How long is a “femtosecond”?

One quadrillionth of a second. Light can travel about 12 millionths of an inch during it, or 0.0005 inches during the 40 femtoseconds of transparency. Better not get the thick aluminum for your window.

18 posted on 07/28/2009 11:22:03 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (As a child Obama was rejected from Little League because of lack of a birth certificate.)
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To: redpoll

ping for later


19 posted on 07/28/2009 11:23:18 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: KarlInOhio
One quadrillionth of a second

Wow. That's impressive - and nearly as fast as a politician can break a promise.

20 posted on 07/28/2009 11:25:11 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

McCoy: You realize that by giving him the formula you’re altering the future.
Scotty: Why? How do we know he didn’t invent the thing?


21 posted on 07/28/2009 11:25:59 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Short enough to be irrelevant for all practical purposes, but long enough to justify a headline (and maybe another gubmint grant somewhere).


22 posted on 07/28/2009 11:27:11 AM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: andy58-in-nh

that’s the politicosecond. 1/10,000 of a femtosecond.
altho its been argued that because its happening so fast, that the promise may already be broken before it is made.


23 posted on 07/28/2009 11:28:04 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (thank God for Chicago: makes Detroit look wholesome by comparison.)
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To: COBOL2Java

A Keyboard! How Quaint!


24 posted on 07/28/2009 11:31:21 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: absolootezer0
A "Politicosecond" - now there is a highly useful term!

Although as you suggest, both quantum mechanics and experience suggest that a politician's promise may be broken before it is in fact, made.

It might also help explain the Alternative Universe in which most Democrats appear to operate - no matter how infinite the possible number of outcomes, they always elect the one that results in higher taxes and less freedom.

25 posted on 07/28/2009 11:37:04 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: LRoggy
A Keyboard! How Quaint!

I've been usin' a quill pen / animal skins, for months now.
except, while I'm on FR.


26 posted on 07/28/2009 11:37:30 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Zer0 to the poor (foolish) voter: Welcome to MY DeathCARE ® You Sucker... Now Die! :^)
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To: redpoll

27 posted on 07/28/2009 11:39:25 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Bacon,smokless powder,and boobs are proof that God loves us.)
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To: redpoll

Beam me up Scotty!!!


28 posted on 07/28/2009 11:50:36 AM PDT by RolandTignor
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To: jakerobins
Cool..It would be awesome to have an aluminum roof to listen to the rain and still be able to see it as well......Interesting....

I can do that with my skylights and glass pyramid roof.

29 posted on 07/28/2009 11:53:25 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: from occupied ga
femtoseconds ???

40 x 10-15

0.000000000000040 seconds.

That's a lot of zeros after that decimal point.

30 posted on 07/28/2009 12:07:09 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats: the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy and Sedition)
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To: andy58-in-nh
How long is a “femtosecond”?

one quadrillionth (one over 1 with 15 zeros after it) of a second; one thousandth of a picosecond - Look quickly

31 posted on 07/28/2009 12:13:05 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: redpoll

Hello, Computer?

32 posted on 07/28/2009 12:21:17 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: redpoll

This stuff is really cool. So many uses. I just sold 50 tons of this material to the military. It’s stacked right over there. No there... ok see it? No? Well give me the check and I will show you exactly where it is.


33 posted on 07/28/2009 12:28:48 PM PDT by Random Access
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To: COBOL2Java

Gotta love it! that was my first thought, lol.
Seriously - Transparent aluminum - How cool is that!?

Tatt


34 posted on 07/28/2009 12:32:00 PM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: andy58-in-nh

How long is a femtosecond? About the time it takes for Obama to break a campaign promise.


35 posted on 07/28/2009 1:00:11 PM PDT by Clioman
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To: redpoll
One slight problem:

This turned the aluminium nearly invisible to extreme ultraviolet radiation.

Most of us don't see well in the extreme UV part of the spectrum.

Also, why do they consider it a new form of matter? Isn't it still a solid.?

36 posted on 07/28/2009 1:48:33 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ( Obama, you're off the island!)
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To: VRWCmember

You win the most appreciated response of the day. Thanks, bud.


37 posted on 07/28/2009 1:50:34 PM PDT by redpoll
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To: Bon mots

Cool...Still nothing beats the soothing sound of raindrops on a tin roof. Love listening to that...better sleeping noise than any Sharper Image toy could ever provide....LOL


38 posted on 07/28/2009 4:13:47 PM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
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To: redpoll
Ah... transparent "Aluminium" (the metal) instead of transparent "Alumina", (the oxide)* which we've always had...

*(AKA"Sapphire")

39 posted on 07/28/2009 6:06:30 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: jakerobins
Cool...Still nothing beats the soothing sound of raindrops on a tin roof. Love listening to that...better sleeping noise than any Sharper Image toy could ever provide....LOL

Or a tent...
Just got back from a lakeside camping trip and slept to the sound of rain on the tent...

40 posted on 07/29/2009 4:03:23 AM PDT by Bon mots
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