Materials Science is one of the bright lights on the horizon. Meta-materials, nano-structures – whatever you call them … these are the things that the future will be made from.
Eventually a lot of the things we have taken for granted since forever will be supplanted by new things, replacement things. Materials that are built from the atomic scale up give us the ability to control parameters that make it possible to design material with the properties we want. And mix properties that previously were mutually exclusive such as: Transparent AND electrically conductive / Non-linear optical properties
Light weight, crush-able and strong is some of the properties of the designed ceramics the material in this article talks about. Building deformable ceramic structures that can be compressed to over half their volume without damage. And they reform to their original shape after the deformation pressure is removed.