This bit of news hit the press recently and it had me wondering how long it'll be before people proclaim that reverse engineering of alien technology is slowly being leaked into our world by drips and drabs (so as not to look too obvious by having it all arrive at the same time).
Transparent aluminum! Apparently, scientists used a soft x-ray laser on aluminum to discover a new kind of matter that is transparent. The implications are truly amazing, and as a result in the future we can expect them to try this on different kinds of materials to see what other new kinds of matter we can discover.
Ain't science grand?
I used to say scientists should be treated like football players and rock stars and make money and get attention, but all that worthless partying would take away from lab time, so I say "let's keep them in cloaked nerddom, but just fund them really well."