nanotube

noun
nano·​tube | \ ˈna-nə-ˌtüb , ˈna-nō-\

Definition of nanotube

: a microscopic tube whose diameter is measured in nanometers especially : one of pure carbon : buckytube

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The research largely focused on controlling the growth of the nanotubes. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Process takes CO₂ from the air, converts it to carbon nanotubes," 30 May 2018 The thin, flexible cylinders of carbon known as carbon nanotubes might fit the bill. Colin Stuart, WSJ, "Will Elevators to Outer Space Ever Get Off the Ground?," 20 Sep. 2018 Carbon nanotubes have more tensile strength than steel, which would not be up to such an intense task, though they haven't been constructed or tested at such a mammoth scale. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Space Elevators Getting First Test in Space," 4 Sep. 2018 Something in the air Our current methods for making carbon nanotubes typically rely on hydrocarbons. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Process takes CO₂ from the air, converts it to carbon nanotubes," 30 May 2018 So far, scientists have only produced carbon nanotubes a few inches long and one nanometer wide. Rachel Feltman, Popular Mechanics, "Why Don't We Have Space Elevators?," 7 Mar. 2013 But the spacing between atoms allows nanotubes with different diameters. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Process takes CO₂ from the air, converts it to carbon nanotubes," 30 May 2018 In tallying the time each task took, the researchers found that in VR, threading the nanotube and tying the knot went much quicker. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "It’s Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.," 3 July 2018 To make these threads, the researchers first grew curly carbon nanotubes that stick out from the silicon carbide surface like ringlets of hair. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Fuzzy Fibers Could Help Rockets Take the Heat," 1 July 2017

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nanotube

noun
nano·​tube | \ -ˌt(y)üb \

Medical Definition of nanotube

: a microscopic tube whose diameter is measured in nanometers

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