Tuesday, March 17, 2009


So I'm reading this BABlog post about how sodium will become transparent at pressures of 3 million atmospheres. The title of the post is 'How do we know he didn't invent the thing', a reference to the Scene in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home where Scotty shares the formula for transparent aluminum with a company in exchange for material to build a holding tank for whales. When I searched the quote, a link came up to an Air Force Article discussing ALON, transparent aluminum-oxygen-nitrogen (Al-O-N, ALON) ceramic armor materials. Turns out that the BA post links to the Wikipedia article on transparent aluminum, which links to the ALON article, which links to the Air Force article. Google somehow connected those two seeming unrelated articles. Weird, but cool.

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