It looks like frozen smoke. And it’s the lightest solid material on the planet. Aerogel insulates space suits, makes tennis rackets stronger and could be used one day to clean up oil spills. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist Alex Gash shows us some remarkable properties of this truly unique substance.

  • Katharina Rubahn

    Excelent video about aerogel.
    I work at the University of Southern Denmark and give often an introduction to nanotechnology. We have an exhibition with a TV and I wonder if it is possible to get a copy of this video for viewing to students and visitors?

    Best regards

    • admin

      Dear Katharina, We’re glad you enjoyed the video! Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide a copy but you are more than welcome to download the HD version from the site itself. The link is located below the video player. Cheers, KQED QUEST

  • Ironmouse

    Just my curiosity, how do you think it can hold up to radiation, a bullet and what I am really trying to ask is can you change the texture but still keep the durability. What kind of application aside from space suits can you do with fabrics.


Amy Miller

  Amy Miller is a documentary filmmaker and the Supervising Producer and Partner at Spine Films, a boutique production company specializing in science, natural history and art content.  Prior to joining the Spine team, she worked at KQED as the Series Producer of “QUEST”, a multimedia science and environment series. She was also a staff producer for two other KQED series, “SPARK” and “Independent View.” For her work in television, she’s earned multiple honors including ten Emmy awards and two AAAS Kavli Science Journalism awards.  Feature Producer/ Director credits include “Saving Otter 501” for PBS NATURE and “Let All the Stories Be Told” which aired as part of KQED’s “Truly California” series.

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