Concentrated on Falling Apart
sciencesoup:

Frozen Smoke
Translucent, ethereal blue and over 96% air, aerogels are the lightest solids in the world. They’re not actually frozen smoke—they’re an artificial material—but the nickname fits. They owe their creation to a bet between two chemists, Charles Learned and Samuel Stephens Kistler, in 1931: they wanted to see if they could take a gel and replace its constituent liquid with gas, without causing shrinkage. Kistler won.
Though aerogels have been improved upon in the years since, his original premise is the same: a polymer is combined with a solvent to form a gel, then the liquid is extracted from it and replaced with air, hence creating aerogel. The crucial part is that the aerogel must maintain the gel’s structure, so they’re solid to the touch and don’t disintegrate.
Aerogels are actually pretty remarkable—they’re the world’s best insulators, being extremely porous but low in density; they can withstand explosive damager; and they can support several thousand times their weight. Silica-based aerogels are quite fragile, but newer polymer-based ones are extremely strong and flexible.
Aerogels have been used to insulate electronics on a Mars Rover, and because they’ll perform well in differeny gravity situations, they have a lot of space-related applications such as in space suits or for use in cryogenics. There are more down-to-Earth applications too, such as insulating blankets or tents, and uses in refrigeration and construction.

sciencesoup:

Frozen Smoke

Translucent, ethereal blue and over 96% air, aerogels are the lightest solids in the world. They’re not actually frozen smoke—they’re an artificial material—but the nickname fits. They owe their creation to a bet between two chemists, Charles Learned and Samuel Stephens Kistler, in 1931: they wanted to see if they could take a gel and replace its constituent liquid with gas, without causing shrinkage. Kistler won.

Though aerogels have been improved upon in the years since, his original premise is the same: a polymer is combined with a solvent to form a gel, then the liquid is extracted from it and replaced with air, hence creating aerogel. The crucial part is that the aerogel must maintain the gel’s structure, so they’re solid to the touch and don’t disintegrate.

Aerogels are actually pretty remarkable—they’re the world’s best insulators, being extremely porous but low in density; they can withstand explosive damager; and they can support several thousand times their weight. Silica-based aerogels are quite fragile, but newer polymer-based ones are extremely strong and flexible.

Aerogels have been used to insulate electronics on a Mars Rover, and because they’ll perform well in differeny gravity situations, they have a lot of space-related applications such as in space suits or for use in cryogenics. There are more down-to-Earth applications too, such as insulating blankets or tents, and uses in refrigeration and construction.

jordanbkendall:

Expired film gets me all kinds of excited

Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.
Jonathan Safran Foer (via daddyfuckedme)
Sometimes I just wanna fuck, and sometimes I wanna be in love, and sometimes I wanna be alone.
(via heyh8r)
abducido:

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abducido:

I’m so worried about everything.
be-a-serial-killer:

m-i-n-o-r:

I would love the ability to open my window and be on the roof of my house

Vintage Paradise

be-a-serial-killer:

m-i-n-o-r:

I would love the ability to open my window and be on the roof of my house

Vintage Paradise


Reclining Woman With Folded Arms, 1909 by Gustav Klimt.

Reclining Woman With Folded Arms, 1909 by Gustav Klimt.

I need to know if this ever happens to anyone else.

Have you ever just lost control of one of your legs? Like it won’t move, it feels as if it isn’t there?

moosekingofhell:

Forever wondering if I am contributing to a conversation by using my own experiences or being self centered and rude.