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Carbon nanotube

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are allotropes of carbon with a cylindrical nanostructure. These cylindrical carbon molecules have unusual properties, which are valuable for nanotechnology, electronics, optics and other fields of materials science and technology. Owing to the material's exceptional strength and stiffness, nanotubes have been constructed with length-to-diameter ratio of up to 132,000,000:1, significantly larger than for any other material.

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The researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have recently exploited another unique property of carbon nanotube sheets, and it is actually quite a sight to behold. Watch the video of a research team as they render an object completely invisible with a submerged sheet of this amazing new material.

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Researcher Dr. Ray H. Baughman of the University of Texas at Dallas has discovered a truly quite amazing application for carbon nanotubes - artificial muscles/actuators that can outperform human muscles of equivalent size by a factor of 700. Click the link to see the full article.

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