The Science of Sustainability

QUEST Lab: Aerogel

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It looks like frozen smoke. And it's the lightest solid material on the planet. Aerogel insulates space suits, makes tennis rackets stronger and could be used one day to clean up oil spills. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist Alex Gash shows us some remarkable properties of this truly unique substance.

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Category: Chemistry, Physics, Television

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Amy Miller is the Supervising Producer and Partner at Spine Films, a boutique independent production company specializing in hard science factual television. Prior to joining the Spine team, Amy worked for six years at KQED (PBS) in San Francisco as the Series Producer of QUEST, a multimedia science and environment series. It was at KQED that she was finally able to merge her lifelong passions for science and storytelling. Originally from Iowa, Amy grew up in Colorado then landed in San Francisco in 1991. She studied biology and film production at University of Colorado and San Francisco State University, and since graduating in 1995, she has worked as a camera assistant, documentary filmmaker, TV producer and correspondent on a variety of cable and public television shows including two other KQED series, "Spark" and "Independent View". For her work in television, she has earned ten regional Emmy awards, two AAAS Kavli Science Journalism awards, and a Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Feature Writing award.
  • Katharina Rubahn

    Excelent video about aerogel.
    I work at the University of Southern Denmark and give often an introduction to nanotechnology. We have an exhibition with a TV and I wonder if it is possible to get a copy of this video for viewing to students and visitors?

    Best regards

    • admin

      Dear Katharina, We're glad you enjoyed the video! Unfortunately, we're unable to provide a copy but you are more than welcome to download the HD version from the site itself. The link is located below the video player. Cheers, KQED QUEST

  • Ironmouse

    Just my curiosity, how do you think it can hold up to radiation, a bullet and what I am really trying to ask is can you change the texture but still keep the durability. What kind of application aside from space suits can you do with fabrics.