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Originally Posted by Red Rabbit;13846785 
Exactly. When people start doing things for the greater good and not because they want money, then society can advance.

In terms of technological innovation (and in getting people to do anything in general), money is a much bigger motivator than "the greater good."

It would be nice if more people did good works just for the heck of it, but as of right now, money is just about the best carrot there is. (Carrot, and your avatar is a bunny... smile.gif)
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Is this the real world's version of Star Trek's Duranium alloy?
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Originally Posted by pursuinginsanity;13847230 
"So, at 1mm thick, this plastic, essentially 1/8 the thickness of a computer case..

Is 2,470 times stronger than the thickness of a wall of what I assume is either steel or aluminum?"

Fixed that for you.

thinking.gif 1mm is 1/8 the thickness of a computer case? So you're saying computer cases are 8mm thick. 8mm is 1/3". Any aluminum over 0.070"-0.100" is way too thick for a computer case.
 
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Originally Posted by Boyboyd;13847008 
Did they try hitting it with an axe?

Sarcasm?

This material isn't about taking huge physical blows, it's about being able to get blasted with insane amounts of heat.

Carbon fiber with a layer of Starlite over the top would be something.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jrbroad77;13847487 
thinking.gif 1mm is 1/8 the thickness of a computer case? So you're saying computer cases are 8mm thick. 8mm is 1/3". Any aluminum over 0.070"-0.100" is way too thick for a computer case.

You're right, it was a typo. A typical computer case is .8mm steel, not 8mm. I dun goofed.
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Originally Posted by [Adz];13845383 
Mind = Blown.

This.

Great read, actually read the whole thing!
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This guy is/was a dick. He kept it from the world for _20 years_. All because he didn't want to sign certain agreements etc? The least he could have done was sign an exclusive agreement with NASA if he was worried about weapons or something.

Instead he was greedy and wanted 134242 billion instead of 500 million and now he's dead. What a prick.
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couldnt his family encourage him to patent it and just sell it? He couldve been famous long ago and died as a rich man. I dont get it.
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post #69 of 219
starlite suits!!!!! we can harness the power of volcanoes!!! woot. lol
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please some one pay the man !
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