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Comments on Aluminate Glass: Did Scientists Create Transparent Aluminum?
Scientists at 3M in Minnesota have alloyed aluminum oxide with rare-earth metal oxides to create a strong glass with good optical qualities - it really is transparent alumninum. (Read the complete story)

"unfair "
(vincent jhun taghap 9/2/2004 2:07:55 AM)
"The chemical formula for transparent aluminum plays a key role in the plot of the Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. In the movie, the formula is traded for Plexiglass sheets thick enough to create water tanks suitable for transporting two humpback whales through time, from the 20th century to the 23rd century, inside a Klingon Bird of Prey. Since the crew was temporarily stranded in the past without money appropriate to the period, they had to barter with the owner of the Plexicorp company (a fictional manufacturer of Plexiglass). Scotty trades the chemical formula for transparent aluminum for enough of the material to build the tanks. The point is the tanks where not made of Transparent Aluminum. Live long and prosper, Trekie"
(Trekie 11/8/2004 3:02:43 PM)
"I'm on it. I own the laserdisc for that movie, which may tell you the last time I watched it. Thanks!"
(Bill Christensen 11/8/2004 4:25:35 PM)
"Actually.. Scotty and Bones traded the formula for transparent aluminum FOR a piece of the material. Given that the correct plexiglass material would have been WAY too big and heavy to get off the ground."
( 5/11/2005 7:48:09 AM)
"i am amazed to see this new advancement, and would like to get hold of a sample, for my school's material library."
(Robert B.... Student 3/7/2006 8:47:30 AM)

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