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Nanosponge Soaks Up Oil Spills

Nanosponge Soaks Up Oil Spills

Adding boron to carbon nanotubes creates twisty, magnetic sponge.

Nanosponge Soaks Up Oil Spills

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 21:00

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Inside Science Buzzwords:

  1. Carbon nanotube - A material made from extremely thin carbon tubes, thousands of times narrower than the width of a human hair.
  2. Boron - The fifth-lightest chemical element, made from naturally occurring nuclear fission from cosmic rays, and found naturally in compounds in the Earth's crust.
  3. Lipophilic - A chemical structure that is attracted to oil, is able to be combined with oil and/or can be dissolved in oil.


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