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"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
- Vernor Vinge

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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