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Carbon Nanotubes are Made of Virtue

It's true: you can sprinkle them on anything to make it better. Some examples:

  • Structures (obviously)
  • Reverse Osmosis membranes
  • Semiconductors
  • Fuel cells
  • Solar panels
  • Scaffolds for nerve regeneration

Certain technologies seem to have this magical quality of near-universal applicability to engineering problems. They not only make possible what would have been fantasy otherwise (space elevators, in the case of nanotubes) but also have a knack of improving everything they touch, or of being applied to a breathtaking variety of already-familiar applications.