By: Anthony Ingram
Man-made carbon dioxide might be something we're trying to reduce, but on its own, carbon is an abundant and rather useful element.
It's also been central to two of the most important scientific materials discoveries of recent years--graphene, and carbon nanotubes.
The latter involves rolling the former--a one atom thick sheet of carbon atoms--into a cylinder, creating incredibly small but incredibly strong strands of carbon.
A new technology takes those tubes and weaves them into a new, incredibly strong and light substance, known as Aerographite.
Developed at Kiel University in Germany, it's now being described as the lightest material ever created, beating the previous nickel nanotubes. According toThe Register, Aerographite is 75 times lighter than the same quantity of a typically light material like styrofoam.
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