Monday, April 20, 2009

What ever happened to...Starlite?

Do you remember Starlite, the ultraplastic that was bombproof?. Not your typical incendary bomb, but NUCLEAR bomb proof? The Telegraph had an article last week updating things.

In a nutshell, the product still has gone nowhere. The guy is rightfully paranoid of losing the composition, and given the leaps and bounds in analytical capability over the last 20 years, it would be pretty easy to understand the chemistry and physics of it. He hasn't patented it, and given European absolute novelty laws, will be unable to now. But the article strongly implies that the paranoia has cost him ecnomic success. There's a lot of hype in his talk, and given the lack of formal training in the sciences (he's a former hairdresser), the claims are that much more dubious, but still there is enough data that it seems as if something is trying to get out. I'm just not sure what.

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