Movies about superheroes are very popular nowadays. The modern culture makes us admire the superpowers and believe that there is nothing impossible. This state of mind can motivate people to ask for more and never to stop. We want our digital equipment to be the fastest, skyscrapers to be the tallest, materials to be the strongest. Apparently, nature laws work in the same way creating the strongest materials for us to use in our inventions. Let's look at some of the examples and find out what the strongest materials on Earth are.
It would have won this contest if the scientists could prove that it really exists. Hypothetically, though, the substance exists and consists of neutrons. The scientific community supposes that neutronium is in the cores of neutron stars and is so dense that the only way to make it disappear is to throw it into a black hole.
It has three times the tensile stiffness of a diamond and has proven to be around two hundred times stronger than steel, so it's fair to say that carbyne is a strong material. One of the most popular ways to use it is for energy storage.
We can say that this is one of the strongest materials known to us so far. Graphene is a single atomic layer of carbon in a honeycomb lattice pattern that makes it so durable. It is used in the automotive and aerospace industries these days to increase the level of safety of passengers. Apart from that, graphene has other useful features like the ability to turn seawater into a drinkable one.
We've talked about superheroes at the beginning, so let's decide what is the strongest fictional material we know. If you are familiar with Captain America or Black Panther, you know that vibranium was used to make the shield of the former one and the costume of the latter one. In the Marvel Comics Universe, vibranium is a metallic substance that can absorb the kinetic energy and demonstrate abnormal durability.
If we were to make a forecast for the future, we would say that many inventions of stronger and more impressive materials are ahead. Let's wait and see what the bright minds of our generation (and the next ones) bring. Who knows, maybe in the future we all will be wearing costumes made from vibranium or its analogue