A newly invented material could revolutionize many industries at once. Discovered by a collaborating team from three U.S. universities, the metal is the lightest material ever discovered – so light it can actually sit on a dandelion. The new material’s density is 0.9 milligrams/cubic centimeter, and Styrofoam, one of the lightest so far, is 100 times heavier.

The lightweight metal has been engineered at nanoscale level, so that the “micro-lattice” of interconnected hollow tubes contains 99.99 percent air, and only 0.01 percent solid. The tubes’ wall thickness is 1,000 times thinner than human hair