Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by Facial, Feb 8, 2006.
Does Diet Coke have lithium in it?
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I don't think so, or at least substantial amounts of it.
EXCELLENT FIND, tristan!
Don't know of any interest to you, but this firepaste stuff sounds somewhat similar to a substance developed by British amateur inventor a good decade or more ago, a fellow called Maurice Ward, the stuff he came up with he called Starlite.
I remember the stuff only because it was featured on a show we used to have over here called Tomorrows World - they started the show with a raw egg coated in the stuff set up in front of a blow torch and 25 minutes later, at the end of the show, this Ward chap turned off the blow torch, picked up the egg bare handed and proceeded to crack the still completely raw contents into a bowl - wasn't a trick either, TW had a good reputation back in the day for genuine popular science coverage and it was a live show.
Last time I recall seeing the stuff mentioned was in the Times, apparently NASA had been running tests on limited samples of the stuff seeming to suggest Starlite demonstrated super-thermal conductivity - apparently, according to the report, it stood up to the equivalent thermal output of that a medium yield nuclear bomb.
However, after that the stuff seemed to disappear completely - emerging several years later in a failed business venture using the stuff as a fire retardant which, given the initial glowing reports concerning the stuff seemed something of a comedown for something so universally useful...
Nevertheless, in the intervening time and quite despite any commercial success regarding the substance, Mr Ward went from a retired wig maker to a gentleman of leisure indulging in his own private passion for, I believe, trap racing. Seems to have picked up a few quid from somewhere, but where and how I haven't a clue.
Anyway, if you Google off Maurice Ward + Starlite y'should pick up some background and, as I say, its a remarkably similar sounding story.
Firepaste Video Link
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Carbon nanotubes work better.
Clay, Carbon dust from burnt wood, and Vaseline.
I have no idea.
Heh! Except for one tiny little problem - carbon nanotubes burn. Fiercely, too!
Why would they do that? Pure carbon is about as stable as you can get. They are created in a furnace.
Yep, but pure carbon also oxides very well, especially in high heat. Even diamonds are easy to burn.
What gases does the carbon release when it oxidizes?
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I cant imagine a diamond burning but I can imagine it exploding apart.
Plain old carbon dioxide.
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Of course why didn't I think of that.
Nope, won't explode because it contains no gasses to expand. Pretty solid, dense stuff. They burn with an almost pure whie flame tinged just a bit with pale blue. We burned one in organic chemistry class in college. It was a pretty small industrial thing, possibly 1/4 carat. Couldn't get it started with an ordinary old bunsen burner - couldn't concentrate the flame enough, so we borrowed an oxy/acetelyne torch from the trade school dept.
from what i have read this stuffs heat retardant capabilities are far exceedent of nasa's current ceramics a thin spreading will prevent burning to the face even beyond the temperature of a shuttle re-entry Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! a genius this guy the specs for the trojan armor suit are very impressive
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