Materials inspired by Mother Nature: A 1-pound boat that could float 1,000 pounds


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(American Chemical Society) Combining the secrets that enable water striders to walk on water and give wood its lightness and strength yielded an amazing material so buoyant that, in everyday terms, a boat made from 1 pound of it could carry five kitchen refrigerators, about 1,000 pounds. One of the lightest solid substances in the world, it was among the topics of a symposium here today at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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