Sunday, October 5, 2008

Carbon Nanotubes - The End of Steel?

Carbon nanotubes are constantly being heralded as one of the most promissing materials ever. They're expected to make the space elevator possible, and now it is said they can use it to create a transparent fabric stronger than steel.

Yes, you read it right.

A team of researchers says it's possible to weave a carbon nanotube fabric at up to 7 meters per second.

This new material would now only be extremly light and transparent, it would also be stronger than steel - making us wonder about the countless applications where it could be put to good use.

I think it won't be that long until we'll have to edit that Wikipedia entry regarding Star Trek's Transparent Aluminum, and change it from fictional substance to a real one.

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