Transparent aluminum

Trekkie of the world, rejoice!  Transparent aluminum is moving ever closer to real, viable products.  Under heat and pressure, aluminum oxynitride powder is fused into a clear (after polishing) material that proves more bullet resistant than laminate glass (a 1.6″ thick panel performed better than a 3.7″ piece of laminate glass).  And impresses your friends.  Current applications are high-priced bullet-resistant windows, battlefield optics, etc.

(via ohgizmo)

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