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New, Invisible Nano-fibers Conduct Electricity, Repel Dirt
June 28, 2007
Tiny plastic fibers could be the key to some diverse technologies in the future--including self-cleaning surfaces, transparent electronics, and biomedical tools that manipulate strands of DNA. Researchers created surfaces that, when seen with the naked eye, look as flat and transparent as a sheet of glass, but seen up close, the surfaces are actually carpeted with tiny fibers.
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