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December 8th, 2006

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Atomic, based in Austria, has created the world's first nanotechnology ski, the Izor 9.7. Nanotechnology, which is the science of using materials that are a millionth of an inch in diameter or less, is beginning to affect the entire high-tech world, and the ski business is no exception. The Izor has an extremely low profile — from some angles, it looks like half a normal ski, because many of the Izor's bulky structural elements, like the core and sandwich layers, have been replaced by microscopic silicon dioxide crystals; those crystals have been injected into the resins (strong glues) that hold together the ski's carbon fiber layers. The more particles injected, the stiffer the ski. By adding crystals, not heavy structural layers, Atomic can add strength without adding weight. ($1,099 at )


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