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Aluminum foam

Aluminum foam is neat stuff, made by melting the metal down and adding a bubbling agent while it’s in liquid form. The resultant material looks like a sponge, is up to 95% air, is fireproof, sound-dampening, reflective, and can absorb a high amount of impact force.

 

The military is incorporating aluminum foam in Humvees  to absorb IED blasts, and Frank Gehry’s making a building complex out of the stuff. The informative (but occasionally silly) nine-minute video below takes a closer look at the material and how it’s made:

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Via core77