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2010-07-22 09:16:49

Surface tension isn't a very powerful force, but it matters for small things "” water bugs, paint, and, it turns out, nanowires. Nanowires are so tiny that a human hair would dwarf them "” some have diameters 150 billionths of a meter. Because of their small size, surface tension that occurs during the manufacturing process pulls them together, limiting their usefulness. This is a problem because the wires are seen as a potential core element of new and more powerful...