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Insulator Materials
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Insulator Materials

Thermal insulation keep you warm and toasty in winter. Its microfibers trap air between you and the cold, taking up less space in your gloves, boots, and jackets.

Those same properties also make them useful for muffling sounds in cars and computers, insulating homes, and conserving energy. See which materials scientists think insulate the best.

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Drive a Car, Hike a Mountain

Drive a Car, Hike a Mountain

What do riding in a quiet car and comfortably hiking a cold mountain have in common? Thinsulate. Check out how its microfibers work. More...

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3M
Thinsulate: How 3M Keeps You Warm

Thinsulate: How 3M Keeps You Warm

It’s exactly what it sounds like: thin and insulate. Find out how the fine fibers of Thinsulate help protect you from the cold. More...

Article
Mashable
Peak Heat

Peak Heat

See how the snowboarding giant teamed up with the Thinsulate creator to produce the Burton Hackett Snowboard Jacket, which keeps athletes warm while letting them move more freely. More...

Article
3M
What Is Thinsulate?

What Is Thinsulate?

It may be in more products than you know. Thinsulate in our winter wear traps heat, but it has other uses that could come as a surprise. More...

Article
eHow
Engineering Challenge: How Long Can an Ice Cube Last?

Engineering Challenge: How Long Can an Ice Cube Last?

Keep out the heat: Design an insulator to prevent an ice cube from melting for as long as possible. More...

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SEED
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Green Insulation Gets Warm Reception

Green Insulation Gets Warm Reception

Take a look at a new type of insulation made from mushroom fibers, rice hulls, and recycled paper that may soon be insulating homes near you. More...

Article
Scientific American
Insulation

Insulation

Insulation doesn't keep cold from entering an area — it simply slows the flow of heat. Take a closer look at heat and other kinds of insulation. More...

Article
HowStuffWorks
Insulation Station

Insulation Station

The SciGirls are challenged to create an energy-efficient ice shanty. What types of insulation will they use? More...

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SciGirls/PBS
Keeping Warm: Thermal Insulators

Keeping Warm: Thermal Insulators

Take a quick look at thermal insulators. Then, experiment to discover which material makes the best thermal insulator: metal foil, polystyrene, or cardboard. More...

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BBC
Thermal Insulators in Space

Thermal Insulators in Space

Try this online experiment to learn how NASA designs materials to keep astronauts warm during space travel. More...

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The Franklin Institute

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