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Carbon pods are more than a pack of peas

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12:43pm, February 4, 2002

In a step toward a postsilicon age of microelectronics, researchers have found that they can manipulate the electronic character of nanoscopic carbon structures.

The researchers worked with hollow, 1-nanometer-wide carbon nanotubes, which they stuffed pea pod style with buckyballs–soccer ball-shape molecules of 60 carbon atoms.

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