The latest generation of phone-protecting Gorilla Glass is here, and who better to test it out than the Mythbusters. Here comes the pane!
In new videos made by US glassmaker Corning to promote, the ever-enthusiastic Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" TV show claim we live in the "glass age". The video adverts talk us through a brief history of glass -- including advances in the last 150 year that would "seem like magic" to people in the past -- and show off the properties of different types of glass. The different types of glass are subjected to all kinds of abuse from hammers, drop tests and air cannons, with lots of 10,000fps slow-motion footage of glass smashing, shattering and exploding.
From its origins making train lanterns and Pyrex, New York-based company Corning has moved into high-tech glass creations such as optical fibre and, which is as flexible as a piece of paper. Corning's Gorilla Glass is the toughened glass used to cover the screens of smartphones, laptops and other gadgets: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note and Google Nexus tablets among them.
The fourth generation of Gorilla Glass is being shipped to manufacturers now, and is expected to appear on new devices in the next couple of months.
Other Mythbusters shilling their fact-finding reputation include, who recently appeared in -- taking on that pink slime myth in the process.