tests soon confirmed Mark and Hohenstein's results. Blocks of ice
containing as little as four percent wood pulp were weight for weight
as strong as concrete; in honor of the originator of the project, we
called this reinforced ice "pykrete". When we fired a rifle bullet into
an upright block of pure ice two feet square and one foot thick, the
block shattered; in pykrete the bullet made a little crater and was
embedded without doing any damage. My stock rose, but no one would tell
me what pykrete was needed for, except that it was for Project
another amazing thing that I have heretofore never heard of.
thing that pops in me brain is to build a huge Pycrete island
somewhere in the arctic (people do live in the arctic, right?).
advantage would be that this island would be an independent nation,
ruled by me. Which means there would by very few rules. One
would be that
anyone trying to tax anything, or ban musical chairs, would be thrown
off the island. Literally.
I will be making me some Pycrete, and will publish my experiments with
it. One will be to make a slab of it to keep in the freezer so
during power outages nothing thaws. Stay tuned.