Tiny tubes, big riddles

Carbon cylinders’ odd traits continue to stump scientists

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 10:36 AM November 18, 2010

Moses didn’t need a physics degree to know something was afoot when that woody bush burned and burned but was not consumed. Set fire to carbon — whether shrubbery, paper or charcoal briquettes — and it burns until nothing’s left but carbon dioxide and water vapor. That’s a fundamental of carbon chemistry.

Yet in the tiny world of nano, where objects and distances measure mere billionths of a meter, rules of chemistry and physics that operate at ordinary scales often don’t apply. Scientists ...

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