Sunday, February 24, 2002
"Admiral, there be whales here!" - Life imitates Trek
Star Trek fans may recall a scene from the big-screener "The Voyage Home" in which Scotty provides a flabbergasted twentieth-century engineer with a formula for "transparent aluminum" - in exchange for the material and facilities he needed to build a huge, humpbacked whale-housing aquarium (long story).
Anyway, it appears that the folks at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies have succeeded in slapping together some of the fictional high-strength material on their own - without the benefit of everyone's favorite Enterprise engineer.
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