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  • "Making a mistake at work is seldom a good thing....Unless you work in Uppsala University, Sweden, where accidentally leaving equipment running over the weekend led to the creation of the most absorbent material known to man.

    "A powdered form of magnesium carbonate, upsalite's structure is so porous and pitted that it has a surface area of 800 square metres per gram....Upsalite is also riddled with pores narrower than 10 nanometres. This means it is incredibly water absorbent, even at relatively low humidity, and keeps water locked up tight."

    August 19, 2013