Wednesday, May 9, 2012

'The Avengers' Real World Technology

After a series of solo adventures, Marvel’s greatest superheroes have finally join forces on the big screen. As the Avengers suit up to save the day, we took a look at how today’s technology stacks up against the best weapons wielded by our favorite superhumans. For example, Captain America’s shield is made of an alloy with the alien metal vibranium, which absorbs kinetic energy — so the strain of battle only makes it stronger. In the real world, scientists have yet to find a material that gets tougher from taking a hit. But in 2011, Berkeley Lab materials scientists Maximilien Launey and Robert Ritchie unveiled the strongest, toughest substance ever…a microalloy of glass and the rare metal palladium.

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