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Carbon nanotube tech? There are apps for that

An X-ray apparatus designed to detect breast cancer is used for clinical tests at a hospital in North Carolina. (Courtesy of professor Otto Zhou of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

TOKYO -- Research on carbon nanotubes is accelerating. The development of tubular carbon molecules for materials and the push for practical applications began more than 20 years ago, mainly in Japan, but no notable businesses have emerged in the country yet. Meanwhile, companies in China, South Korea, the U.S. and other countries are launching nanotube projects.

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