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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Thermalite  
  A transparent material that allows almost no heat to escape.  

"Big domes here have less radiating area for cubic content," replied Norden. "Thermalite domes' material is practically opaque to heat transmission, practically a non-conductor of heat, although transparent to light.
From Planet of Eternal Night, by John W. Campbell.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1939
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Compare to glassite from Brigands of the Moon (1930), which ia also used for lunar domes.

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