Seattle-based Modumetal has created a nanolaminated alloy that is stronger and lighter than steel, and is being tested in oil fields, according to MIT Technology Review.
The company’s founders are physicist Christina Lomasney, chemical engineer John Whitaker, and mechanical engineer Leslie Collinson.
Modumetal says its product is 10 times stronger than existing steel and much more resistant to corrosion.
A big plot point in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged concerns Rearden metal, a radical alloy lighter and stronger than steel.
It looks like it’s now here and just in time for 2016 which is when the fictional alloy was to come to be.