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Nanotechnology: Super Small Science: Breaking the Rules

Caltech's Julia Greer is proving that using big and heavy materials is not the only way to build strong, robust structures. Beginning at the nanoscale, her group is constructing materials that are more than 99 percent air yet strong and resilient. These new materials are breaking the rules by behaving in very unexpected ways.

"Nanotechnology: Super Small Science" is produced by NBC Learn in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

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