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Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Scientists have applied inventor Buckminster Fuller's name not only to the 60-carbon molecule—the "buckyball"—whose arrangement of atoms resembles his geodesic dome, but to various other objects. Buckypaper, for instance, is a thin sheet made of carbon nanotubes—"buckytubes"—that are approximately 50,000 times thinner than a human hair. Buckypaper is one tenth the weight yet potentially 500 times stronger than steel when its sheets are stacked to form a composite. What are its possible uses? More...
Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014 10:50:14 AM

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Stronger Than Steel, Harder Than Diamonds: Researcher Developing Numerous Uses For Extraordinary 'Buckypaper'
Working with a material 10 times lighter than steel -- but 250 times stronger -- would be a dream come true for any engineer.
Among the possible uses for buckypaper that are being researched:

* If exposed to an electric charge, buckypaper could be used to illuminate computer and television screens.

* A film made from buckypaper could be applied to the exteriors of airplanes. Lightning strikes then would flow around the plane and dissipate without causing damage.

* Films also could protect electronic circuits and devices within airplanes from electromagnetic interference, which can damage equipment and alter settings. Similarly, such films could allow military aircraft to shield their electromagnetic "signatures," which can be detected via radar.
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