View Full Version : "Frozen Smoke" to change the world !
Daltons Chin Dimple
08-20-2007, 01:38 AM
This is one for Space Tycoon !
Behold, Aerogel :
08-20-2007, 07:54 AM
Awesome story Dalton. I saw aerogels demonstrated in a physics class I took--or I should say, tried to take-- some years ago. The potential for nanotechnology is virtually unlimited.
I understand that aerogels have been considered for solar sail propulsion. This could open up the solar system without breaking the budgets of major world powers:
Very fast Solar Sails (http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:RD37wPog8LkJ:ccar.colorado.edu/asen5519/cma/documents/FastSolarSailsPaper.pdf+%22solar+sail%22+aerogels&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=7&gl=ca)
But even if they don't go towards solar sails, their domestic uses are infinite.
In the same vein, check out this new invention: A plastic-based polymer that conducts electricity! (http://www.livescience.com/technology/060513_new_polymer.html)
08-20-2007, 09:29 PM
PAINT-ON SOLAR CELLS (http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/22/paint-on-solar-cells/)
In the future you might painting your home not with standard paint, but rather, with a nice coating of energy-generating solar cells. In one of the most interesting developments in solar panel technology so far, researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology, directed by Somenath Mitra, claim to have developed a way to create a solar cell that can be painted on flexible plastic sheets.......
08-20-2007, 10:06 PM
Wow. As a person immersed in the world of house paint, that may offer a whole new frontier...
08-20-2007, 11:23 PM
Painter, seller, contractor....:confused:
I have done a ton of mural art and faux finish and Trompe L'Oeil, for some pretty hoity toity places, but I'm pretty much over it these days .... It's back-breaking work, and I am tired of working on commission, where the number of variables that can make a project turn south just don't make it worth it for me anymore. :mad:
I also find most to be gaudy and tacky...except mine, of course :rolleyes:
That goes for graphic design as well......so sick of doing design work for people that do not want to pay me what I am worth. :mad:
I DO, however, love the idea of phosphorous (glow-in-the-dark) paint, and would love to experiment with it on a large (wall or ceiling sized) scale. :D
Also, some automotive paint finishes are out of this world. They could tend to get tacky as well, but I love a good lacquer finish. :D
Anyways, about that frozen smoke. Heck yeah!
I made an offhand mention of microfiber elsewhere....I love the stuff, its utilitarian (lnt-free chamois or terry cloth) as well as its cosmetic (upholstery or clothing) qualities are just awesome.
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