World's Lightest Solid!

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Aerogels are the world's lightest (least dense) solids. They are also excellent thermal insulators and have been used in numerous Mars missions and the Stardust comet particle-return mission. The focus of this video is silica aerogels, though graphene aerogels are now technically the lightest.
At one point Dr. Steven Jones literally held the Guinness World Record for making the lightest aerogel and therefore lightest solid. If you're interested in learning more about aerogels, let me know in the comments as there is a potential trilogy in the works...
Huge thanks to Dr. Stephen Steiner and the crew at Aerogel Technologies. To find out more or buy your own aerogel sample, check out: www.aerogeltechnologies.com/
Thanks to Dr. Steven Jones and Dr. Mihail Petkov at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
And thanks to FLIR for loaning us the awesome high definition thermal camera. The footage is amazing! www.flir.com
Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
Donal Botkin, Michael Krugman, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd, Penward Rhyme and everyone who provided feedback on an early draft of this video.
Filming by Raquel Nuno
Animations by Maria Raykova
Drawings by Mariel Solsberg
Music From epidemicsound.com "Seaweed" "Swagger Stagger"

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  • Nana Cine

    Nana Cine

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    can I make a bike for that kind of thing?

  • Daniel Tee

    Daniel Tee

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    nope!

  • Sivayaju GV

    Sivayaju GV

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    1 particle of sand is too lesser and it is a solid

  • White Rabbit

    White Rabbit

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    The secret of the hydrogen bomb

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    Luke Cairnduff

    9 ժամ առաջ

    Can u buy these

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    jcpatrick mcclure

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  • jonathan mclaughlin

    jonathan mclaughlin

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    my brain actually malfunctioned when i heard what it sounded like when it was dropped on a solid surface. i legitimately thought it was glass.

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    Zeynep Yaralı

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    The question is ;Did you have to waste the chocolate bunny?

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    Andrew Meneses

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    Kasia Wolska

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  • EXOniccc

    EXOniccc

    20 ժամ առաջ

    use those on mask filters would trap everything

  • Tino Jokic

    Tino Jokic

    21 ժամ առաջ

    I NEED THIS !

  • Anulackk

    Anulackk

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    looks tasty

  • DEVILVERSE

    DEVILVERSE

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    *licks finger and holds the the temp detected with the licked finger*
    sheesh

  • BRS RC

    BRS RC

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    The aero gel looks like a ghost

  • Knightlite

    Knightlite

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    why does it look tasty

  • Igor Delgado

    Igor Delgado

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    This is
    piece of U.F.O

  • Patioevra

    Patioevra

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    What an interesting material 🤔

  • João Matheus

    João Matheus

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    I want to bite a piece of it and feel it witm my theeth
    why

  • Nguyenthanh Nhan

    Nguyenthanh Nhan

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    Is my is my mother goose club out.

  • kalim ghori

    kalim ghori

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    what if the government weaponized this stuff to make flam proof outfits for firefighters>:?..

  • Marianne Benice dela Paz

    Marianne Benice dela Paz

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    I wanna grip it tightly and see if it acts like a squishy or smthng..

  • Cooee Chris

    Cooee Chris

    2 օր առաջ

    Its CGI.. fake film folks... and there is more to come, they really believe we believe it all..haha

  • michael anderson

    michael anderson

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    Just something about this guy I don't like :O(

  • Kirbystarallies1

    Kirbystarallies1

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    There are solids smaller than that. Just saying.

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  • Kan

    Kan

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    Mouse companies: Interesting...

  • Twin-Boy Islander

    Twin-Boy Islander

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    Amazing !?

  • Inko Gnito

    Inko Gnito

    3 օր առաջ

    Bro i had weed lighter than that

  • JANOS BOLDOG

    JANOS BOLDOG

    3 օր առաջ

    No solid material exist and I would have eaten those bunnies lol.

  • Divaskar Sharma

    Divaskar Sharma

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    world lightest solid: I am 99.8 percent air
    Chips packet: *pathetic* hold my non exsistent chips

  • Unimaginable

    Unimaginable

    3 օր առաջ

    my brain can't comprehend how this would feel in real life

    • Unimaginable

      Unimaginable

      21 ժամ առաջ

      @Fran Barrios kinda the point lol

    • Fran Barrios

      Fran Barrios

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      my brain can't comprehend how people literally copy others' comments

  • kokLiang chung

    kokLiang chung

    3 օր առաջ

    外星当然在外是的啦…!bodoh...

  • S V Lakshminarayanan

    S V Lakshminarayanan

    4 օր առաջ

    Aerogel

  • August Janke

    August Janke

    4 օր առաջ

    Aerogels rock!!!

  • 我爱绿茶婊

    我爱绿茶婊

    4 օր առաջ

    Amazing!!!

  • 이서영

    이서영

    4 օր առաջ

    Is aerogel able to trespass air? Like being used in mask filters? Is it possible?

  • JCD

    JCD

    4 օր առաջ

    Imagine having something that works well with electronics + lighter than air but at the same time, as strong as steel!

  • Twisted 809

    Twisted 809

    4 օր առաջ

    Subnautica aerogel looks different

  • CS 3543

    CS 3543

    4 օր առաջ

    Wow,that's look like nata de coco

  • ClumsyHarp

    ClumsyHarp

    4 օր առաջ

    I want to eat it

  • TheMaroth

    TheMaroth

    4 օր առաջ

    Half Life 4 confirmed @ 7:45

  • RosMyster

    RosMyster

    4 օր առաջ

    I want to buy a pair of gloves with this material.

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  • Affan Jodie

    Affan Jodie

    4 օր առաջ

    Wow minecraft should add this material that lightest solid

    • Mine with Ethan

      Mine with Ethan

      3 օր առաջ

      Yea

  • Curtis Breillat

    Curtis Breillat

    5 օր առաջ

    The last video I watched was swagger stagger, so I was really confused when it randomly started playing in the middle of this video lol

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  • EthanMigsObnial

    EthanMigsObnial

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    No chocolate bunny was harmed in this video

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  • Skiez YT

    Skiez YT

    5 օր առաջ

    Am I the only one that feels like eating this?

  • Yes Iam

    Yes Iam

    5 օր առաջ

    എന്താല്ലേ

  • Lucky K

    Lucky K

    5 օր առաջ

    lol did anyone else jump when the glass cracked at 1:42

  • Alien Thing

    Alien Thing

    5 օր առաջ

    WAIT IF YOU WERE TO EAT IT, I THINK THAT DUE TO ITS PORES IT WOULD DISSOLVE OR ABSORB WATER JUST LIKE CHIPS OR SMTHNG (i dont think i need to say im not a scientist)

  • KIRAN KUMAR

    KIRAN KUMAR

    5 օր առաջ

    Can this be manufactured as sheets and placed in between the wall thickness of cold chain boxes, so that vaccines can be delivered to far off remote places (in large developing countries) without temperature excursion on longer journeys?

  • Chouww King

    Chouww King

    5 օր առաջ

    Wait how about Leaves

  • Gayle Cheung

    Gayle Cheung

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    OK can we get serious and what is the purpose of what do you call it again aerogel

  • Louege baguio

    Louege baguio

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    aerogel is like a dog with gel.. in bisaya

  • PunnaT

    PunnaT

    6 օր առաջ

    Can it be used to make Transparent Smartphone just like Tony stark uses?🤔

    • PunnaT

      PunnaT

      5 օր առաջ

      @Shikha Lohariwal hmm shukriya 🙏

    • Shikha Lohariwal

      Shikha Lohariwal

      5 օր առաջ

      Nice idea man

  • Skidanje Kraste

    Skidanje Kraste

    6 օր առաջ

    If sponge is solid this is solid to.

  • Charles Randolph

    Charles Randolph

    6 օր առաջ

    While you're in Boston, take the MBTA! Beautiful trains!

  • 5318oo8

    5318oo8

    6 օր առաջ

    Ayo can i borrow that skizzy?

  • ANDER LABAKA

    ANDER LABAKA

    6 օր առաջ

    At 0:23 he says that if you remove the air from it, it would be less dense than air. Well... then if you don´t remove the air, it is still less dense than air, right? Just in an smaller percentage, but the idea is the same...

  • ʕ ́•ᴥ•`ʔ

    ʕ ́•ᴥ•`ʔ

    6 օր առաջ

    Those blurry looking edges tho
    Now imagine solid item in your hands that you cant see where it ends...

  • alan lu

    alan lu

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  • cedano371

    cedano371

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    can we use it for the cpu of computers?

  • Prabhavathy Murthy

    Prabhavathy Murthy

    7 օր առաջ

    3:10

  • travis graham

    travis graham

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  • Bharath Mourya

    Bharath Mourya

    7 օր առաջ

    Why not cover the bunny while testing?

  • Mokhtar Ouanouki

    Mokhtar Ouanouki

    7 օր առաջ

    4:45 A white scientist talking like Queen Latifah

  • World of Tank

    World of Tank

    7 օր առաջ

    Why does the thumb nail look like ur holding the univers

  • ValaxysPrime

    ValaxysPrime

    7 օր առաջ

    Nobody:
    Me: Hm... Looks pretty good...
    Babies first two thoughts: What does it taste like and can I fit it in my mouth

    • Isaac Simmons

      Isaac Simmons

      2 օր առաջ

      lololol. XD

  • MaTz YaN

    MaTz YaN

    7 օր առաջ

    Tesheract

  • Wind Gonzales

    Wind Gonzales

    7 օր առաջ

    It's amazing but my brain can't comprehend

  • Scp Foundation

    Scp Foundation

    7 օր առաջ

    aeroel function=hard to burn

  • Matteo Aversa

    Matteo Aversa

    8 օր առաջ

    Subnautica players: I've seen that one

  • Mansi Joshi

    Mansi Joshi

    8 օր առաջ

    Would it ever find use in medicine?

  • Madara Uchiha

    Madara Uchiha

    8 օր առաջ

    bob lazar lab created that right!

  • Aaron Boeh

    Aaron Boeh

    8 օր առաջ

    Since aerogel can be made from a variety of materials...what about a graphene aerogel or polymer? Would that even be possible, this must have been considered already..

  • Giwrgos Soiles

    Giwrgos Soiles

    8 օր առաջ

    Perfect insulation for my house.

  • John`s Rabid Mutt

    John`s Rabid Mutt

    8 օր առաջ

    You can see the terror in Mrs Bunnys eyes. Watching MR Bunny being cooked over a bunsen burner. She knows what time it is

  • nicola mafessoni

    nicola mafessoni

    8 օր առաջ

    sono il comento italiano che cercavi

  • Ochi Fortune

    Ochi Fortune

    9 օր առաջ

    Is it edible? I really wanna chew it!😁

  • Jibby Ali

    Jibby Ali

    9 օր առաջ

    So there's only one other person commenting about wanting to eat it?

  • M Hassan Khalid

    M Hassan Khalid

    9 օր առաջ

    My hair is lighter than that

  • ARYAN SHENOY

    ARYAN SHENOY

    9 օր առաջ

    Fun fact
    Aerogel is not a conductor cuz it has air
    And air is a bad conductor

  • apoorv yash future iitian

    apoorv yash future iitian

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    Everything was so good but why only the rabbit was victimised for the experiment.. Rip rabbit🥺

  • Anand thakur

    Anand thakur

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    Chip bag: HAHAHAHAHA I HAVE SO LESS AIR ITS LIKE 70% AIR HAHAHAHAHA
    Aerogel: I HAVE MORE AIR
    Chip bag: NO WAY! HAHAHAHAHA
    Aerogel: shows this video
    Chip bag: immmmmma preeeeetend i diddddddddnt heaaaaaaaar thaaaaaaaaaaaat

  • Mimizah show

    Mimizah show

    9 օր առաջ

    Buraya nerden geldik ağa

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    Latchman Mangra

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  • fulesmackofule

    fulesmackofule

    9 օր առաջ

    Cost? How much would it be to use it as window for a house? Assuming you would have to put it in between glass layers to resist breaking and weather (rain)...

  • 고도슴치

    고도슴치

    10 օր առաջ

    Where can I BUY THIS Aerogel ????? I WANT IT

  • DoDo

    DoDo

    10 օր առաջ

    you can make it by 2 rubies

  • amir mo

    amir mo

    10 օր առաջ

    hey bro im from iran and i love you for upload video to persian ❤❤

  • Ashraf Alattar

    Ashraf Alattar

    10 օր առաջ

    My Ph. D work thesis with this material and how can i. Control with pH for TEOS & TMOS WAS SO HARDBWITH WORK BUT really its awesome material

  • HEADCORE

    HEADCORE

    10 օր առաջ

    Hashish is lighter 🤣

  • C G

    C G

    10 օր առաջ

    Quite a comment at 6:26. Might there be a natural affinity towards God when encountering 'awe'? After 40 years in Alaska I notice that moose do not experience 'awe'. Just people.

  • Anebee John

    Anebee John

    10 օր առաջ

    My think is more dense than this thing!!!