This is just too cool not to make mention of.

Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminium’ previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.

It was Scotty who gave the molecular formula for the fictional "transparent aluminum" to a present-day Plexiglas guy in the movie.  It includes my favorite line to say to my laptop when it seems to be seized up.  Scotty, before using the "quaint" keyboard, attempts to get the attention of the Macintosh in front of him by speaking into the mouse, "Hello, computah", in his classic Scottish brogue. 

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