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UTM scientist invents cheaper way to produce Aerogel!

In News on March 18, 2008 at 8:50 am
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IHT reports that prof. Halimaton Hamdan has successfully created a way cheaper way to produce aerogel – the stuff they use at the bottom of space shuttles because they make excellent heat insulators and are freggin light. Wow!

SKUDAI, Malaysia: A Malaysian scientist says she has discovered a cheap way to turn discarded rice husks into a high-tech material that could reduce electricity bills, protect buildings from bomb blasts and make airplanes and tennis rackets lighter.

Halimaton Hamdan, a University of Cambridge-trained chemistry professor, says her process cuts the cost of producing aerogel by 80 percent, making it so affordable that it could become a commonplace material with widespread use.

Halimaton Hamdan, a University of Cambridge-trained chemistry professor, says her process cuts the cost of producing aerogel by 80 percent, making it so affordable that it could become a commonplace material with widespread use.

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Bravo Prof Hamdan! Bravo! This is so much better than sending some bloke into space so he can tell us how much he misses teh tarik and roti canai. This is what earns a country respect.

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