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December 30th, 2006

Center of gravity

Nanotechnology was the fastest growing science last year. Among its outputs were:

• The graphene, a flat layer of carbon atoms bonded together into the hexagonal pattern of graphite. The grapheme has some surprising properties: the mass of electrons in it is zero and it obeys a version of Einstein's relativity rather than Newton's laws of motion.

• Diamond nanorods, discovered by Natalia Dubro­vinskaia of the University of Bayreuth in Germany, are a dense form of carbon that's harder than diamond.


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