World's Lightest Solid!

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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"

J.A.V 4 timmar sedan
Yang milih allah like 40000 ya.
Lone Dragon
Lone Dragon 4 timmar sedan
Im pretty sure ive seen 1gm weights
Ashley Lok
Ashley Lok 6 timmar sedan
Eat it
Martin 0691
Martin 0691 6 timmar sedan
My brother's brain is lighter.
kith saunders
kith saunders 6 timmar sedan
Just sayin': Dr Stephen Steiner is kinda hot. Love his vibe.
MikeTheGameDev 7 timmar sedan
David Vador
David Vador 7 timmar sedan
I order for the first reply of this comment to make a Lay's Joke, the next few replies to laugh at the joke, then eventually the next reply to be a person trying to act smart to ultimately start an endless, useless argument. Go!
D.A. Risse
D.A. Risse 9 timmar sedan
Oh my God.... Izzat a man-bun ???
dmaster225 9 timmar sedan
Like that lady in the news says, "But how does it benefit me? Am I gonna get faster internet or something?"
Sockpuppet 2020
Sockpuppet 2020 10 timmar sedan
If it is 99.8% air ... it is NOT a solid! If you squeezed the air out of it, it would only be .2% of its present volume.
money penni1
money penni1 10 timmar sedan
The bunny experiment would have been better if they had been the same thickness as the glass petri dish, also, you might had used a pyrex dish, which would have performed much better than a 'petri' dish with heat applied.....which they weren' my book, it makes the experiment a bit biased don't you think. That it could take 600* heat & still not have the bunny melt at the bottom is pretty amazing....:-}
dmaster225 10 timmar sedan
If that piece is the lightest least dense material, then my weed dealer has been playing me.
Gayle Dillon
Gayle Dillon 13 timmar sedan
Star Trek was so way ahead of it's time with transparent aluminum
IG mycalicrush
IG mycalicrush 14 timmar sedan
Wtf. This is insane.
Arda Mentes
Arda Mentes 14 timmar sedan
i want eat it
Oliver Dowey
Oliver Dowey 16 timmar sedan
No not the bunny's :(
Вежливый Мастер
Вежливый Мастер 16 timmar sedan
Что это такое?
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson 16 timmar sedan
vay amk
Alexander 3535
Alexander 3535 18 timmar sedan
evrything is most made of air but arogel has the most
Lance Charles
Lance Charles 20 timmar sedan
Insulation is the key to bring a greatly reduced energy future.
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Veritasium: "Aerogel is 99.8% air" Lays chips: *cough*
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Vous avez tous tellement sucer Rich tritschler il y'a dix mois que ça en devient gênant Est ce l'homme le plus détesté de YT? en tout cas vous avez fait fondre facilement l'iceberg du Titanic avec vos conneries de dégénérés anglophones
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kalpak t 22 timmar sedan
dude didn't ur mother teach u-WASH UR HANDS xD Mind blowing video tho!
Sayak Pal
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Super interesting stuff. Can be used extensively in future.
Janerey14 Dag sedan
So, what about the cotton?
David Luffman
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My god, if you train more and take your tshirt off... you could be Davey Wavey xD
Lilac & Cherry
Lilac & Cherry Dag sedan
i wanna eat it
Craig Simpson
Craig Simpson Dag sedan
Why we still don't see this in our daily life?!
Haily Doe
Haily Doe Dag sedan
Teacher: "Never eat anything in the lab" Me: 6:14
The whole video i wanted to crush that thing and see what happens
Ashish Dag sedan
lays be like are u challenging me 😏
veteran navy
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Can you make a condom out of it?
Johannes Dag sedan
This may be the start of an aerogel revolution...
Ashish Garg
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Lays is more lighter than airgel 😂
LightGesture Dag sedan
So, we know you've got things to do... But let me recommend you watch this 15 minute video about "the world's lightest solid."......
Thomas Almeida
Thomas Almeida Dag sedan
wow, this stuff should be slathered on the houses in California to fireproof them from the annual fires they seem to have!
Joseph Stokes
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Where did they get this assclown narrator?
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so, it's NOT really a solid. dickhead.
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Eye protection in the lab, folks!
Eli Pulci
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0:11 Errore nei sottotitoli italiani/Mistake in Italian subtitles "That is only a few times the mass of the same volume of air" is translated in Italian as "Poco meno del peso dell'aria", "Just a bit less than the weight of air". I was wondering why it was not going up lol
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Karl Kraus
Karl Kraus Dag sedan
What about the Mechanical properties of Aerogels?
BJM Graphics
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I want to see consumer products and I want it cheap. Home insulation, sneakers inner soles, adobe material at extreme places, spacecraft that can easily survive reentry without need of ceramic tiles, pillows, blankets, arctic or desert clothing and even as filters for clean air.
Herb Disoriented
Herb Disoriented Dag sedan
Now I'm hungry for chocolate, thanks
Edfiki86 Dag sedan
Not the bunnies!
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Why we still don't see this in our daily life?!
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Hum this experience are not good beaucause the material haven't the same dimensions.
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i wanna eat it LOL
Saeed Zafar
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Can we use Aerogel in something to separate compounds from mixtures, such as a kind of HPLC with Aerogel Column? Or can Aerogel be used to make molds for Tissue Engineering? Can we use an Aerogel based matrix to culture Algae/Cyanobacteria for recycling CO2 and wastewater? Biologists must start making use of this technology made by Physics.
HoppigDash Dag sedan
Aerogel: 99.8% air Brawl Boxes: *are you challenging me?*
the 6 united
the 6 united 2 dagar sedan
Aerogel: i am 99.8% air Lays: 😏
latibro 2 dagar sedan
So what is heavier? A 1kg aerogel or 1kg cotton?
Srinivasa Indurthi
Srinivasa Indurthi 2 dagar sedan
Very interesting 👍👌
Abinash Das
Abinash Das 2 dagar sedan
1g of this solid= 1g of iron. How can it be lightest solid in the world. Density may less or high of a solid
jessica bloom
jessica bloom 2 dagar sedan
Air is not a solid
jessica bloom
jessica bloom 2 dagar sedan
A sponge is lighter
Chris Bean
Chris Bean 2 dagar sedan
1:03 did he say... BUNS-enburner?
David Garrison
David Garrison 2 dagar sedan
Chocolate Bunnies were harmed in this demonstration.
Herodotos of Halicarnassus
Herodotos of Halicarnassus 2 dagar sedan
Use it to insulate batteries for electric cars in cold climates.
EurobeatTyper 2 dagar sedan
And I still wouldn't be able to lift it.
Leyu Zhu
Leyu Zhu 2 dagar sedan
Andy Whit
Andy Whit 2 dagar sedan
The experiment with the bunnies was flawed, the flame was clearly hotter on the first bunny..
Chino Latino
Chino Latino 2 dagar sedan
aerogel is just a glitch.. it sounds like metal if you drop it, it's almost as light as air, and it's transparent insulator.. it's just a glitch.
Jaysun B
Jaysun B 2 dagar sedan
It's beautiful.
SisterFoodBlister Sonofahoebasket
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Jari tikkanen
Jari tikkanen 2 dagar sedan
Very nice Video. And plenty of background behind, how it is invented and how to make it and so on. :)
SheGetsIt Absolutely
SheGetsIt Absolutely 2 dagar sedan
You had me interested until you started with the NASA 💩about Mars🙄
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Vibrant Designs
Vibrant Designs 2 dagar sedan
Ok but can you eat it?
Yahsararel Ben Yoseph
Yahsararel Ben Yoseph 2 dagar sedan
1931 yu say? I was still enslaved and restricted from free thinking, the short one of my grandfathers could have came up with this stuff
Christopher Calder
Christopher Calder 2 dagar sedan
Someone should use this technology to make dome tweeters and flat diaphragm loudspeaker midrange drivers.
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Mia Salem
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Due to lack of convection and the yellow part of flame is less hot so why show only that touching must be combustible at some level
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Dave OfGod
Dave OfGod 3 dagar sedan
Firmament ?? Hmmm!
Fred 3 dagar sedan
You convinced my. I'm off to the kitchen for a slice of bread with peanut butter and cherry jam.
Karen Monczynski
Karen Monczynski 3 dagar sedan
7:12 People who oredered the aerogel thing: hey where the hell is the aerogel!?
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Nikhil b
Nikhil b 3 dagar sedan
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Humans Are Retarded Creatures
Humans Are Retarded Creatures 3 dagar sedan
He do be looking like he has the universe between the tips of his fingers
Shota Toriumi
Shota Toriumi 3 dagar sedan
aerogel is just a glitch.. it sounds like metal if you drop it, it's almost as light as air, and it's transparent insulator.. it's just a glitch.
StereoSoundAgent 3 dagar sedan
weed is lighter than areogel, its a solid that has less mass per unit of volume than anything else on earth
Sampad Mohanty
Sampad Mohanty 3 dagar sedan
People just don't wash their hands in a chemical lab and lick chocolate out of fingers?
Avery Wasinger
Avery Wasinger 3 dagar sedan
I love how they are talking about the melting bunny like its rocket science.
richard finlayson
richard finlayson 3 dagar sedan
why is it about the saame size as a grram or two of pot ..
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The comments: 99.8% = Lays jokes 0.2% = Original comments
Christopher Robin Garrish
Christopher Robin Garrish 3 dagar sedan
Hemp based Aerogels?
Christopher Robin Garrish
Christopher Robin Garrish 3 dagar sedan
7:15 Why is the sky blue? There is an answer.
Christopher Robin Garrish
Christopher Robin Garrish 3 dagar sedan
Get high - watch Veritasium
邹捷 3 dagar sedan
Aerogel is 99.8% air Lays: are u challenging me
Paul Gibby
Paul Gibby 3 dagar sedan
11:00 it probly won't be that cold in Antarctica, buddy.
Statek63 3 dagar sedan
What is it used for ? FOGBANK is one example..
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