The world’s lightest material?

Scientists have invented a way of manufacturing hollow tubes of metal using nanotechnology. The tubes have walls a thousand times thinner than a human hair. The material is so lightweight, it can be placed on top of a dandelion without crushing it. Can you think of a good use for the material?

Read about it at the LA Times.


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11 Responses to The world’s lightest material?

  1. Kamarn King says:

    if it is strong enought, it could be used for handgliders, or unmanned air craft.

  2. Marco says:

    Crazy! I hardly believe that this is real! But awesome!

  3. David Pines says:


    Are you sure that is real.

    It is astonishing how light this material is. I think that it is so cool that they can make/find that material. VERY COOL!!!!!!!!

  4. Ben Samuels says:

    i wonder how they could use it i think it would be very difficult! It is so lightweight how could it support things?

  5. Chris Schiller Chris Schiller Chris Schiller Chris Schiller Chris Schiller says:

    If you have enough of it you can make anything. A car would be really cool because you could put in a tiny engine and still have it move really fast.

  6. morgan krell says:

    chris the motor would have to be big enough to move a human so it couldn’t be too small
    over all very cool discovery what kind of metal is it made of

  7. Oliver Cho AKA Ocho says:

    This is a little silly, but I have made more than 2 comments, so I’m just going to say it. It looks like a wafer. But also, exactly why did they make this material?

  8. Gabe Straus says:

    COOL!!!! Maybe it could be used in medicine (i.e. bone or limb replacement) or as a building material.

  9. Eamon Hauser says:

    This is really cool!

    You could use it to make airplanes.

  10. Lorenzo Bocchetti says:

    That’s amazing! But I don’t think it would be strong enough to support many things unless you had a lot of it. What kind of metal would they be able to make that out of? For the near future I think that would be very helpful for bone replacement or support. I think that this is one of those things that you would have to see to beleive… It didn’t even say what the messured size of it was! But if it is true, scientists, give your selves a pat on the back (just kidding that’s what you get paid to do)

  11. Lorenzo Bocchetti says:

    It looks just like an Italian type of cookie/buiscut… mmmm

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