World's Lightest Solid!

31 mei. 2019
25 787 902 Weergaven

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"

  • why do i want to eat it

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

    Arturo AkaArturo Aka12 uur geleden
  • 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 SN15 uur geleden
  • I want to eat that for some reason

    Tristan SNTristan SN16 uur geleden
  • 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 Trota18 uur geleden
  • i watched this because i thought it was just an edit, and boy i was proven wrong

    Ernesto GonzalesErnesto GonzalesDag geleden
  • ahhh the days before having to wear masks

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  • so this is a solid?

    Gamer GirlGamer GirlDag geleden
  • Wwooooohhhhh

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

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  • Jesus Christ is God.

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  • Your subtitle is so irritated.

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  • Awesome

    Piyush SinghPiyush Singh2 dagen geleden
  • "This is" Air jello literal air that looks like jello

    SherzySherzy2 dagen geleden
  • 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.😉

    DavidDavid2 dagen geleden
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    M. SufyianM. Sufyian2 dagen geleden
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    Bryan GoldfieldBryan Goldfield2 dagen geleden
  • 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!

    Rick TimmonsRick Timmons2 dagen geleden
  • 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 Behncke2 dagen geleden
  • 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 NC2 dagen geleden
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  • Can someone tell me what hes holding I dont see anything?

    Callum ColsonCallum Colson2 dagen geleden
  • İs this can be Ozon layer

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  • lays have more air.

    Rameez AlamRameez Alam2 dagen geleden
  • 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

    Charmaine JacobsenCharmaine Jacobsen2 dagen geleden
  • 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...

    Mabanag mcMabanag mc3 dagen geleden
  • A cube of glass of that size with thin walls is also 99 percent air and has same weight

    The RationalistThe Rationalist3 dagen geleden
    • But it is filled with air

      Plutonium IsotopePlutonium IsotopeDag geleden
  • It looks like solid smoke.

    FooleishFooleish3 dagen geleden
  • Joseph Seed has gained weight and making aerogel? this can't be good 😲

    Amila RandunuAmila Randunu3 dagen geleden
  • 9:16 minecraft

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  • cips: funy

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    Jeremy DaigneaultJeremy Daigneault3 dagen geleden
  • I thought the lightest solid was plastic

    Ronald BabatRonald Babat3 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    thelco1thelco13 dagen geleden
    • I saw that! It makes sense...they look like this light airy material. Almost translucent.

      Afro DisiacAfro Disiac2 dagen geleden
    • @Liam the f**k does the FBI have to do with that

      Alexander’s AlarmsAlexander’s Alarms2 dagen geleden
    • @M Khan why u asking this guy

      Raihan NafisRaihan Nafis2 dagen geleden
    • I am interested in different kinds of aerogel for insulation... is there a phone number I can contact?

      M KhanM Khan2 dagen geleden
    • @IduckU FBI OPEN UP!

      LiamLiam2 dagen geleden
  • This tech was given to us by them

    John SmithJohn Smith3 dagen geleden
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  • I need aerogel

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  • wow.

    Darla RoseDarla Rose3 dagen geleden
  • but weighing in on the market turkiyede used buckets lighter

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  • Can you snort it?

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  • Is this what is sprayed in the sky?

    J FlowJ Flow3 dagen geleden
  • love how he said two two instead of twenty two

    MøqulixMøqulix3 dagen geleden
  • Can the pores in Aerogel be backfilled with helium to the point where the solid aerogel floats in 1ATM air?

    Jim RadleJim Radle3 dagen geleden
    • "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 Panter14 uur geleden
  • Can I EAT it

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

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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 M3 dagen geleden
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    Frida KarloFrida Karlo3 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    blackworxblackworx3 dagen geleden
  • 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

    ThonyThony3 dagen geleden
  • Imagine the feelings of the bunnies...

    Faze AayushFaze Aayush3 dagen geleden
  • 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

    NobodyNobody3 dagen geleden
  • I dont even know why am I here

    Shimiko SokaedaShimiko Sokaeda3 dagen geleden
  • This was made 2 days after my birthday

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  • NLworld 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 Santiago4 dagen geleden
  • Not a solid but a foam

    Jim WhelanJim Whelan4 dagen geleden
  • Aerogel: im 99.8% air. Lays: *finally a worthy challenger.* yes im am making a meme

    Matthew CheungMatthew Cheung4 dagen geleden
    • @Matthew Cheung *y e s*

      LiamLiam16 uur geleden
    • @Liam y e s

      Matthew CheungMatthew Cheung18 uur geleden
    • memes so?

      LiamLiam2 dagen geleden
  • Ever heard of a feather? Or a small piece of tape???

    Br4ndon NoreroBr4ndon Norero4 dagen geleden
  • Imma go to buys dome aerogel where to find some?🥴

    Justine AmbrocioJustine Ambrocio4 dagen geleden
  • It looks so good to eat

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  • Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh .

    Daisy GreerDaisy Greer4 dagen geleden
  • Lighter than a feather?

    RagingUtaiRagingUtai4 dagen geleden
  • And here all this time I thought liberal brains were the lightest solid!

    Creole DaddyCreole Daddy4 dagen geleden
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  • We can finally make an earthquake-proof house

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  • *Joung Elon Musk*

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

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    • Copying comments be like :

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  • i wanna bite it

    nkanetinkaneti4 dagen geleden
  • Experiment One: An experiment was carried out to demonstrate the insulating power of Aerogel.

    Max PowerMax Power4 dagen geleden
  • Good for PC?

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  • Why am watchin this?

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  • This comment section is paid by Lays...

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