Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Carbon Nanotubes May Actually Become Useful

...and it's thanks to cresol, a chemical used in household cleaners. The chemical affects the carbon molecules in such a way that they can be worked with (kneaded like dough is the phrase used) the same as common plastics.

This could open the door to the ability to mass produce the tubes...and potentially to weave tubes together to form incredibly strong ropes. If so, that solves the largest engineering problem in the way of building a space elevator.