[–] SturmUndTrinker 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Transparent Aluminum?

[–] Alt_Account_No_738 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

They actually came up with that a few years ago.

[–] Morbo 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Calling the creation of aluminum ceramic (aluminum oxynitride crystals) "transparent aluminum" is as silly as calling silica glass "transparent silicon". Many crystalline metal/metalloid salt materials are transparent but that is not the same thing as having a truly transparent metal or metal alloy. There are metal glasses, which are pure amorphous metals lacking defined crystal structures or grains, but they are not transparent. Until we can get a metal to form a structure that does not absorb photons and is not molecularly bonded to any non-metal atoms, then we won't be able to call any metal "transparent [insert elemental metal name here]". This discovery isn't transparent aluminum. It's amorphous aluminum glass.

[–] bbqchipz 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

They've been bending panes of glass for years, You ever wonder how they make a windshield?

[–] babajee [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

ahh, I think what they mean is you can bend it youself.. windshield is fixed... you can't roll and unroll it..

[–] bbqchipz 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

You're not wrong, but calling glass bending a new thing without understanding that it already bends, and that whatever that complex Aluminum substance isn't technically glass but a substitute. It really devalues the Headline as read.

[–] handsaulo ago 

so.. like fibre optic?