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Breakthrough Aerogel Absorbs 900 Times Its Own Weight
This carbon aerogel has a density of 0.16 milligrams per cubic centimeter, according to scientist Gao Chou of China's Zhejiang University. Ghou combined graphene and carbon nanotubes to develop the material. The highly flexible material can also conduct electricity, and with an internal structure that is 99% free space, it can be compressed into a fraction of its size. The aerogel can absorb up to 900 times its own body weight in liquid, making it a breakthrough material for applications like cleaning up oil spills.
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