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Tiny Bubbles Snap Carbon Nanotubes Like Twigs

July 9, 2012

News thumbnail of bubble diagram What's 100 times stronger than steel, weighs one-sixth as much and can be snapped like a twig by a tiny air bubble? The answer is a carbon nanotube--and a new study by Rice University scientists details exactly how the much-studied nanomaterials snap when subjected to ultrasonic vibrations in a liquid. Full Story

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