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I could be skeptical but how many inventions do I not know about that could of changed the world. Inventions that could of been hidden or discarded. For example, different forms of the steam engine have turned up in history over thousands of years and steam power wasn't taken seriously until a couple hundred years ago.

This is probably one of the few publicly known instances where an inventor created something revolutionary and had a wide enough scope to know what it was capable of. And he knows that if he sells it there is nothing stopping the person on the other end to do what ever they want with it. Even under controlled conditions he is taking a risk of someone reverse engineering it despite agreements. I'm sure there are other inventors that have came to the same realization and took their inventions to the grave.

Right now the wonder material isn't doing much of anything so how is that much different than saying it doesn't exist. In other words, until this plastic materializes in real products all it's going to be is a 'cool story.'

I don't know how often this really happens. There is a lot of great things invented in a college lab, but the trouble is that most of the time there isn't a good way to mass-produce the creation. You hear the conspiracy stories all the time from the 70's and 80's about college students inventing carborators that made big block V8's get 40+ a gallon and the designs were bought by the oil companies. In the end, there is no evidence of any kind beyond an old picture of some one holding something.

The same is happening here. So it was blasted in all these tests and wasn't effected. Where is the test run data? There should have been actual documents that can prove what was done and what happened. If it was even half true this stuff would be every where no matter what the cost to build it.

The hardest hurdle for my skeptacism to jump is that you could take crude oil extracts, put them in a blender, and get something this flame resistant.
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The same is happening here. So it was blasted in all these tests and wasn't effected. Where is the test run data? There should have been actual documents that can prove what was done and what happened. If it was even half true this stuff would be every where no matter what the cost to build it.
Didn't they have corroboration from White Sands?

There were tests on BBC and other stations.

Edit - nothing specific or confirm able that I can find really besides TV demos.
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That seems a bit ridiculous. I would pay anything to have the most perfect defensive material to date.
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I demand them build a starship already.
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That seems a bit ridiculous. I would pay anything to have the most perfect defensive material to date.
Not if the person who made it won't cooperate and didn't commit the information to paper/digital.

Although it smells fishy to me too. I remember seeing a news story on this about a decade ago as well.
    
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I don't know how often this really happens. There is a lot of great things invented in a college lab, but the trouble is that most of the time there isn't a good way to mass-produce the creation. You hear the conspiracy stories all the time from the 70's and 80's about college students inventing carborators that made big block V8's get 40+ a gallon and the designs were bought by the oil companies. In the end, there is no evidence of any kind beyond an old picture of some one holding something.

The same is happening here. So it was blasted in all these tests and wasn't effected. Where is the test run data? There should have been actual documents that can prove what was done and what happened. If it was even half true this stuff would be every where no matter what the cost to build it.

The hardest hurdle for my skeptacism to jump is that you could take crude oil extracts, put them in a blender, and get something this flame resistant.
That's why I stated it was one of those few instances.

People have different definitions for conducting tests. I consider that the plastic was demonstrated to withstand those conditions. The testing may have not been formal or public. Test data may have existed at some point, just in unusable format. And I'm sure the guy disallowed any paper trail. There is many reasons why there is no publication of test results. Even if test data did exist, I doubt anyone would be able to get the composition and recreate the material.

Sure, I have some skepticism about this one-sided story, but I'm not totally throwing it out. It's in the realm of possibilities and it's not like I've been asked to invest any money into it. Disproving the material exists doesn't change it's current state.
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lol can u imagine if the wrong ppl got their hands on this? they'd b unstoppable. GAME OVER...
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lol can u imagine if the wrong ppl got their hands on this? they'd b unstoppable. GAME OVER...
Just shoot them all?

It's not bullet proof.
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I can see a large company spending over a billion for this. Is that not good enough for this guy?
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I will read the 2nd half tomorrow

Yes I believe he passed away a few months ago accroding to a page on YouTube.
Why is whenever someone comes out with a really cool invention they always wind up dead?
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