Lighter than a feather

The world’s lightest solid material has been developed by researchers from The University of California and California Institute of Technology.

The material is about 100 times lighter than Styrofoam, with a density of 0.9 milligrams per cubic centimetre.

Despite its low density, the material is strong and absorbs energy well, which means it could be used in applications from battery electrodes to protective shielding.

Called a micro-lattice, the material consists of a lattice architecture of tiny hollow tubes made from nickel-phosphorous.

Read more at University of California, HRL Laboratories, LLC and California Institute of Technology