[Discussion] Real Transparisteel
First, what exactly is transparisteel? Within the Star Wars galaxy, Transparisteel is what serves as glass within the galaxy. Transparisteel was a hardy and transparent material that was mostly used to make windows and cockpit canopies for starfighters. A major component of transparisteel was lommite ore. Transparisteel windows could be made blaster-proof.
Science has been playing catch up with the Star Wars universe for the past forty years. Recently, science has taken another leap forward, with the creation of a new form of bullet proof glass. A transparent metallic 'clay' has been developed by US military scientists that could lead to new super-tough screens and displays. The material, made from a magnesium and aluminum-based mineral called spinel, is far tougher and lighter than bulletproof glass. And the researchers claim it could be used to protect vehicles and cockpits on aircraft as well as in spacecraft and satellites.
Read all about this new material here The material, which has taken more than ten years to develop, is created by pressing a nanopowder together while heating it to create a pure piece of spinel crystal. Spinel can be molded just as traditional clay, to any shape that may be needed to serve the function required.
Dr. Jas Sanghera, who led the research at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., said the material performed far better than bulletproof glass, which works by creating layers of plastic and glass up to five inches thick that slow the passage of a bullet.
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