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Transparent aluminium

If you have watched all the Startrek movies you most likely remember IV where Scotty and McCoy are at this manufacturing firm trying to negotiate a deal for plexiglass. They needed it to build a huge whale tank in the belly of a Klingon space ship and it would have to be 6 inches thick. They had no money so in exchange, Scotty gives the owner the formula for transparent aluminium.

Well, maybe this inspired some people or maybe they were just looking for something but yes, transprent aluminium is now real. The aluminium is powderized and infused with nitrogen and something in some high heat process that fuses the molecular structure. What comes out of the mold doesn't look transparent at first. It has to be polished but the result is definitely a transparent aluminium alloy. Right now the process is very expensive but as this takes off it will go just like graphene has and the cost will come way down.

Early tests show it to be a replacement for safety glass, bullet proof glass and Nasa is looking at it for space glass which has to handle micro meteroid impacts. It is lighter, thinner and much, much harder and stronger than any other glass or polycarbonate or anything we have come up with before.

This is another of the emerging technologies that can have a large impact on our world along with graphene, carbon nanotubes, new battery technologies, scalable home nuclear power plants and nano crystal wireless electricity. The only thing holding us back unfortunately is our government and the greed of power utilities, oil companies and other large wealthy corporations who are vested in old technologies that should have already been obsoleted a long time ago.


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WOW! Sounds interesting. Let's see, we had the Moto Startac and now transparent aluminum

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Process probably reverse-engineered from pieces from the 1947
Roswell UFO crash...... that supposedly never happened.
Don't get me started on the government; I used to work for them
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So, I could live in a glass house AND throw stones?
SWEET!


And at only ~$10 per square inch, why wouldn't you?

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A shame the aliens will only give us so much technology at a time..Just wait till skynet goes live...and i thoroughly enjoyed that star trek movie!
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If they can make it a stronger, an engine block/intake/heads made out of it would be pretty cool.
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Wow that's incredible

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Ya just like power companies have prevented plasma power for 50 years and the big oil prevented 100 mpg carb for 65 years.

While we're being skeptical has anyone been able to prove we actually laded on the moon? LOL!


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Do you have any pictures or a link to a article about this?


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While we're being skeptical has anyone been able to prove we actually laded on the moon? LOL!


Yes.

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TO COOL !! now where's the transporters

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So, I could live in a glass house AND throw stones?
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And at only ~$10 per square inch, why wouldn't you?
At those prices, I can go old school.....BUTTTTTT.....if I had bad guys throwing armor piercing slugs my way or had a window separating me from the scorching sun and vacuum of space I might tend to insist on the latest and greatest.

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Military level bullet proof glass which is multi-layer laminated will stop a 50 cal armor piercing sniper round. With existing mil bullet proof glass a 50 cal just flies through and keeps on trucking.


There are lots of articles on this product. Just do a search on transparent aluminium or aluminium oxynitride.


Here is one on the 50 cal;
https://www.livescience.com/420-mili...er-bullet.html


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TO COOL !! now where's the transporters

I fall on the side of Dr McCoy who didn't like having his molecules scrambled but one of those replicators would be cool. I can actually see these things coming but not in the form of assembling molecules into something just yet. Its 3d printing technology. The aerospace companies are 3D printing parts for planes and rocket engines now which is amazing.


If humanity actually lasts long enough and 1. doesn't totally pollute the planet or 2. blow ourselves all up, we may see some amazing things in the next 10 to 20 years like quantum super computers on your desk, really intelligent AI and far superior space engines to the coasting and grav sling shot methods being used now. Somehow, people living on Mars doesn't look so far fetched after all.


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