“They”… The mysterious makers of jackets…

Aerogels are ridiculously cool. They can also hold around 4000 times their weight but, seeing as they don’t way that much, it’s slightly less cool (though still very cool). One thing I found funny about them was that they are apparently the result of a bet. A couple of guys made a bet to see who could replace the gel part with gas (which results in aerogels being about 96% gas) and one of them succeeded. It’s apparently the lowest density solid as well.

There are some really cool pictures out there, especially when the aerogels are being used to hold something up because the object looks like it’s just floating above some blue smoke (fitting its nickname quite well).