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The Material That Both Conducts Electricity – and Doesn’t

Metals, which conduct electricity, and insulators, which don’t, are polar opposites. At least that’s what we’ve believed until now. But we have discovered that a well-known insulator can simultaneously act like a conductor in certain measurements. We don’t yet know the reason for this mysterious behaviour but it is… » 7/13/15 3:45am 7/13/15 3:45am

Can the indestructible hockey puck survive the endless fire of thermite?

The strongest material on Earth, fictional substances included, is a hockey puck. It’s true. After surviving against the red hot nickel ball and going toe to toe with liquid nitrogen, it totally edges out adamantium and whatever T-1000 was made out of. Here’s another battle that it holds up admirably to: thermite,… » 6/17/15 11:59am 6/17/15 11:59am

Indestructible hockey puck survives liquid nitrogen and hot nickel ball

Boom... and nothing. A hockey puck doesn’t break when you freeze it in liquid nitrogen and then smash it with a hammer or drop an 80 pound weight on it. But that’s because hockey pucks are meant for the cold, right!? Well, even if you go the opposite way and try to torch it with the vaunted red hot nickel ball, the… » 6/10/15 11:43pm 6/10/15 11:43pm