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A collaboration between the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology has developed a new form of metallic glass that is stronger and tougher than steel and may in fact be the world's toughest known material.

Robert Ritchie, one of the team's lead researchers comments: "These results mark the first use of a new strategy for metallic glass fabrication and we believe we can use it to make glass that will be even stronger and more tough."

Meaning the best may be yet to come.
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Looks like Glass-Steel is in the makings.

Note, this stuff is not going to be cheap as it uses Palladium! ($750 / ounce)
Furthermore the process in making it is very complex, so that rules out Industrialization for now...

Just thought it was a good read to share, that's all.
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I thought it was Diamond
Anyways, It's Adamantium is the toughest.
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Good, we're one step closer to infusing the human skeleton with metal. GO X-MEN!!!!!
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Unless you link to old post, don't say repost

Nifty stuff
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Originally Posted by jethro_static View Post
I thought it was Diamond
Anyways, It's Adamantium is the toughest.
^^This^^

I guess they might have gotten a little excited and forgot about diamonds
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Unless you link to old post, don't say repost

Nifty stuff
http://www.overclock.net/technology-...ops-steel.html

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Graphene would be the strongest *if* we could figure out how to get it to bond with other materials that acts as sort of a "glue" or bonding agent.

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I thought it was Diamond
Anyways, It's Adamantium is the toughest.
Wait, you thought it was one thing but then changed it to another thing?

You do realize that "adamantium" is a fictional material right?

Diamond is not as "indestructible" as people think. While it may not have any relative weak points or cleavages, or can be cut by other rocks or metals it can still be broken if struck hard enough.(Though there won't be a clean break)

Due to diamonds expense and inability to bend(tensile), it couldn't take the place of alloys or metals that can bend without breaking, thus absorbing energy rather than deflecting it. One needs to look no further than the auto industry over the coarse of the past thirty years to realize that absorbing impacts is far more effective than deflecting them.
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Graphene would be the strongest *if* we could figure out how to get it to bond with other materials that acts as sort of a "glue" or bonding agent.



Wait, you thought it was one thing but then changed it to another thing?

You do realize that "adamantium" is a fictional material right?

Diamond is not as "indestructible" as people think. While it may not have any relative weak points or cleavages, or can be cut by other rocks or metals it can still be broken if struck hard enough.(Though there won't be a clean break)

Due to diamonds expense and inability to bend(tensile), it couldn't take the place of alloys or metals that can bend without breaking, thus absorbing energy rather than deflecting it. One needs to look no further than the auto industry over the coarse of the past thirty years to realize that absorbing impacts is far more effective than deflecting them.
LOL. This guy did not get it. Anyways, I'll give you the cookie!
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Unfortunately this article is wrong, it's my e-peen. Hehe

Pretty fancy stuff though, i wonder what they would make with it.
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