World's Lightest Solid!

31 Geg 2019
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Aerogels are the world's lightest (least dense) solids. They are also excellent thermal insulators and have been used in numerous Mars missions and the Stardust comet particle-return mission. The focus of this video is silica aerogels, though graphene aerogels are now technically the lightest.
At one point Dr. Steven Jones literally held the Guinness World Record for making the lightest aerogel and therefore lightest solid. If you're interested in learning more about aerogels, let me know in the comments as there is a potential trilogy in the works...
Huge thanks to Dr. Stephen Steiner and the crew at Aerogel Technologies. To find out more or buy your own aerogel sample, check out:
Thanks to Dr. Steven Jones and Dr. Mihail Petkov at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
And thanks to FLIR for loaning us the awesome high definition thermal camera. The footage is amazing!
Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
Donal Botkin, Michael Krugman, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd, Penward Rhyme and everyone who provided feedback on an early draft of this video.
Filming by Raquel Nuno
Animations by Maria Raykova
Drawings by Mariel Solsberg
Music From "Seaweed" "Swagger Stagger"

  • Veritasium: Aerogel is the world's lightest solid Me: What about paper?

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  • 0:00 . rewind 5 seconds or 10 seconds back from 0:00 , but you have to do it one tap at a time. It looks very weird

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  • can you do that to humans?

    Tristan SNTristan SNPrieš 5 val
  • I want to eat that for some reason

    Tristan SNTristan SNPrieš 5 val
  • want to smoke that air to get high

  • I mean paper is the slightest solid? like tear into really small! I mean it should be

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  • ..en 20" afirma que si quita todo el aire seria menos denso que el aire... entonces no debiera flotar, elevarse en la atmósfera??? 20 "affirms that if you remove all the air it would be less dense than air ... then it should not float, rise in the atmosphere ???

    Javier TrotaJavier TrotaPrieš 7 val
  • i watched this because i thought it was just an edit, and boy i was proven wrong

    Ernesto GonzalesErnesto GonzalesPrieš 13 val
  • ahhh the days before having to wear masks

    apexxyapexxyPrieš 16 val
  • Pekopekopeko QAQ

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  • so this is a solid?

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  • Wwooooohhhhh

    Nicolas BradleyNicolas BradleyPrieš dieną
  • Oh so they 've found that object which have more air than lays

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  • Jesus Christ is God.

  • Woh ...wortful

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  • Your subtitle is so irritated.

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    Piyush SinghPiyush SinghPrieš dieną
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  • Now if you could make it out of a high hydrogen substance to defeat radiation I know a Starship builder who would invest ship loads.😉

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  • hi

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  • could it be used to construct an see through plane skin? or added to tank armor to dampen Monroe effect? bazooka/rpg hits outer skin to absorb impact; then aerogel douses the chemical flame. better than that - coating on bottom of vehicles to deflate IED. SAVE LIVES!

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  • I've found Elon Musk.

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  • SUbscribe to the channel and this "might" be the next part of the trilogy. LOL bad manners.. give the last part first, then I subscribe..

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  • So krasst man das Universum ;;; in der wir leben ...

    Ronny BehnckeRonny BehnckePrieš dieną
  • this could be usefull for space missions to keep people heating up and you know

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  • That's why they call it a bunny-sen burner.

    Mark NCMark NCPrieš 2 dienas
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  • Can someone tell me what hes holding I dont see anything?

    Callum ColsonCallum ColsonPrieš 2 dienas
  • İs this can be Ozon layer

    mert bozakmert bozakPrieš 2 dienas
  • lays have more air.

    Rameez AlamRameez AlamPrieš 2 dienas
  • I remember when I 1st watched a documentary when NASA used the aero gel on SOHO , I thought it was capturing the particles blasted off of the sun , but you said it was off a comet . Also , I remember watching another documentary on the man who " supposedly " was the 1st person to invent it , who was an Asian man . Wow , I was surprised to hear here that it was invented in the 30's . Nonetheless, my impression of the material stii is in complete amazement & awe . I knew when I 1st saw it , all the wonderful capabilities it can , & 1 day be used for ! Truely , 1 of the best inventions of my time if not the past millennium

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  • just wondering how is it taste

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  • Schools ordering toilet paper be like We will the whole stock !!

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    • In english please

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  • i wanna eat it so bad

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  • I still cant lift that...

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  • A cube of glass of that size with thin walls is also 99 percent air and has same weight

    The RationalistThe RationalistPrieš 2 dienas
    • But it is filled with air

      Plutonium IsotopePlutonium IsotopePrieš 14 val
  • It looks like solid smoke.

    FooleishFooleishPrieš 2 dienas
  • Joseph Seed has gained weight and making aerogel? this can't be good 😲

    Amila RandunuAmila RandunuPrieš 2 dienas
  • 9:16 minecraft

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  • cips: funy

    Buğrahan İzciBuğrahan İzciPrieš 2 dienas
  • What a waste of chocolate

    Jeremy DaigneaultJeremy DaigneaultPrieš 2 dienas
  • I thought the lightest solid was plastic

    Ronald BabatRonald BabatPrieš 2 dienas
  • Air still most lightest thing in the world

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  • Thanks information

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  • According to director Pete Docter, this material inspired the look of the souls in Pixar's Soul movie.

    thelco1thelco1Prieš 2 dienas
    • I saw that! It makes sense...they look like this light airy material. Almost translucent.

      Afro DisiacAfro DisiacPrieš 2 dienas
    • @Liam the f**k does the FBI have to do with that

      Alexander’s AlarmsAlexander’s AlarmsPrieš 2 dienas
    • @M Khan why u asking this guy

      Raihan NafisRaihan NafisPrieš 2 dienas
    • I am interested in different kinds of aerogel for insulation... is there a phone number I can contact?

      M KhanM KhanPrieš 2 dienas
    • @IduckU FBI OPEN UP!

      LiamLiamPrieš 2 dienas
  • This tech was given to us by them

    John SmithJohn SmithPrieš 3 dienas
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  • wow.

    Darla RoseDarla RosePrieš 3 dienas
  • but weighing in on the market turkiyede used buckets lighter

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  • Can you snort it?

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  • Cara mengeluarkan udara dan cairan dari jeli itu gimana ye? Pingin tau tapi gua juga tau bakal ada penjelasan yang panjang sekali

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  • Is this what is sprayed in the sky?

    J FlowJ FlowPrieš 3 dienas
  • love how he said two two instead of twenty two

    MøqulixMøqulixPrieš 3 dienas
  • Can the pores in Aerogel be backfilled with helium to the point where the solid aerogel floats in 1ATM air?

    Jim RadleJim RadlePrieš 3 dienas
    • "Unfortunately,, even the lightest aerogels, even if evacuated or backfilled with helium, would be too heavy to float in air, especially if laminated to seal the outer edges of the monolith. However, a helium-backfilled aerogel can be made to float if dropped into an aquarium filled with a dense gas such as xenon." *wonders about hydrogen...*

      Andy PanterAndy PanterPrieš 4 val
  • Can I EAT it

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  • This is the kind of smoking bunny I'm fine with.

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  • Good to see new Inventions.... This is Exciting Stuff

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  • horrible test. you should never turn off burner. Its obvious that the flame is less on the air gel. need independant lab not someones basement.

    John MJohn MPrieš 3 dienas
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    Frida KarloFrida KarloPrieš 3 dienas
  • So in terms of "when will you see it in your everyday life" aerogel loudspeaker cones have been a thing for a while, e.g. Audax HD-A. That said, what they are calling "High Definition Aerogel" may be a composite, not sure.

    blackworxblackworxPrieš 3 dienas
  • you never got weed form my dealer its the lightest things on that planet XD he can give you 1 g and it weights o.8g :O

    ThonyThonyPrieš 3 dienas
  • Imagine the feelings of the bunnies...

    Faze AayushFaze AayushPrieš 3 dienas
  • 99.8% Air. That means it's .998 Gram Air & .002 Gram other substance. Oh, I can eat them. I would like to taste 1 Gram Aerogel

    NobodyNobodyPrieš 3 dienas
  • I dont even know why am I here

    Shimiko SokaedaShimiko SokaedaPrieš 3 dienas
  • This was made 2 days after my birthday

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  • LTworlds algo is out of this world

  • Me thinking if u surround a space ship with this we could fly threw the sun

    Francisco De SantiagoFrancisco De SantiagoPrieš 3 dienas
  • Not a solid but a foam

    Jim WhelanJim WhelanPrieš 3 dienas
  • Aerogel: im 99.8% air. Lays: *finally a worthy challenger.* yes im am making a meme

    Matthew CheungMatthew CheungPrieš 3 dienas
    • @Matthew Cheung *y e s*

      LiamLiamPrieš 6 val
    • @Liam y e s

      Matthew CheungMatthew CheungPrieš 7 val
    • memes so?

      LiamLiamPrieš 2 dienas
  • Ever heard of a feather? Or a small piece of tape???

    Br4ndon NoreroBr4ndon NoreroPrieš 3 dienas
  • Imma go to buys dome aerogel where to find some?🥴

    Justine AmbrocioJustine AmbrocioPrieš 3 dienas
  • It looks so good to eat

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  • Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh .

    Daisy GreerDaisy GreerPrieš 3 dienas
  • Lighter than a feather?

    RagingUtaiRagingUtaiPrieš 3 dienas
  • And here all this time I thought liberal brains were the lightest solid!

    Creole DaddyCreole DaddyPrieš 3 dienas
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  • Somehow I had experienced the same feeling when buying lays

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  • I am glad that this is in my recommend section

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  • We can finally make an earthquake-proof house

    Onur PalitOnur PalitPrieš 4 dienas
  • *Joung Elon Musk*

    PayRayPayRayPrieš 4 dienas
  • Aerogel: is 99.8% air Lays :are you challenging me?

    komal berakomal beraPrieš 4 dienas
    • Copying comments be like :

  • i wanna bite it

    nkanetinkanetiPrieš 4 dienas
  • Experiment One: An experiment was carried out to demonstrate the insulating power of Aerogel.

    Max PowerMax PowerPrieš 4 dienas
  • Good for PC?

    Mad Sei PasirMad Sei PasirPrieš 4 dienas
  • Why am watchin this?

    karl diibokarl diiboPrieš 4 dienas
  • This comment section is paid by Lays...

    Dhruva SoyantarDhruva SoyantarPrieš 4 dienas
  • I thoght my pp was the worlds lightest solid

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  • That do be looking like a piece of the galaxy XD. Oh and I had a theory: they can use aerogel to go to planets and make suits and maybe a human alone can go to the bottom of the ocean without filling the intense pressure from it :D

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  • Can I get a solid CO2 from them?

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