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Tiny but tough

This is a model of a carbon nanotube. Carbon nanotubes are as stiff as diamond, 100 times stronger than steel and 6 times lighter than steel. These are all attributes that make them an ideal material for sports equipment, where strength and light weight are essential.

Source: Dr Jonathan Hare, the Creative Science Centre



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Carbon nanotubes strengthen tennis rackets, golf clubs, skis and bikes.
Carbon nanotubes strengthen tennis rackets, golf clubs, skis and bikes.
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