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Softer, stronger and longer

Nanotechnology is big news in sport. Scientists are already using nanomaterials to make top-of-the-range equipment with enhanced properties. Shock-absorbing shoes give softer landings, balls keep their pressure for longer gameplay, and stronger tennis rackets and golf clubs can deliver more powerful, straighter shots.



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Top golfer Padraig Harrington helped develop new clubs strengthened with carbon nanotubes.
Top golfer Padraig Harrington helped develop new clubs strengthened with carbon nanotubes.
Image: Wilson Sporting Goods

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