Transparent Aluminum?

If you’re a fan of Star Trek, you’ll remember a very funny scene from Star Trek IV in which Scotty introduces transparent aluminum to someone. Anyone remember “Hello computer” from that scene?

Well, transparent aluminum is here.  Kind of.  It’s called aluminum oxynitride, and is a clear aluminum ceramic, as opposed to a transparent metallic aluminum. It’s commercially available through Surmet Corporation. Check out this article. It includes a picture.

The more I see Star Trek technologies actually get developed, the more I think Gene Roddenberry was a time traveller who lived in the time of Star Trek, and introduced it to us to help guide us into a future like Star Trek. Well, maybe not. But it is incredible how we keep seeing things from the show become reality.

What do you think is next?

Who Are You? – Reader Demographics

I have my WordPress stats, so I know where all of you are from. However, that’s all it tells me. I don’t know anything else about my readers, other than the ones who comment regularly. So, here are a few simple question for you to answer. First are the anonymous polls.  Don’t want to answer? Skip it. I can’t see who votes what, anyway.  After these polls are some more questions you can answer in the comments.


And now for the long answer section. Please answer in the comments.

Where are you from originally?

Where do you live now?

What’s your favourite book genre?

Do you like bacon, mint chocolate chip ice cream, or Marmite?

Do you have any questions for Authors Answer?

Do you have any questions for Life in Japan?

Thank you very much! I appreciate all the answers.