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Building Blocks of Nanotechnology Photograph by Mark Thiessen
Nature can turn carbon into diamonds; humans can turn carbon into nanotubes. Though an enormous number of these microscopic threads resemble a big pile of chimney soot (top), it weighs only as much as 50 carats of diamonds (bottom). Nanotubes are stronger than steel wires, carry a thousand times more electricity than copper wires, and can support more than a million times their own weight. They're also the cornerstone of a molecular science that is manipulating ordinary materials so they behave in extraordinary ways.
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Camera: Canon EOS-1DS MarkII Format: Digital (100 ISO) Lens: 23mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/10.0