Researchers out of the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed paper that they claim is resistant to fire.
Even under temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees Celsius the paper doesn’t burn, scientists say. Pictures of a comparative test show that the fire resistant paper, made from calcium phosphate compound, is still well-preserved after being put over an alcohol lamp flame for 30 seconds, while normal paper burns to ashes in six seconds. The research was published in Chemistry—A European Journal on January 27, 2014.
The inorganic paper is flexible and incombustible, but still feels like ordinary paper and can be torn, folded and destroyed with acid.
Scientists believe it will be useful for important documents that need to be preserved for long periods of time.
Meanwhile, and even more importantly, mainland scientists with Zhejiang University say that they are “increasingly confident” about the development of a real-life “invisibility cloak” that’s been tested and proved to make objects (like a cat and a goldfish) “disappear”.
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