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When two is better than one

Aerogels have many potential applications but usually suffer from poor elasticity. The synergistic assembly of carbon nanotubes and graphene has now allowed multifunctional, ultra-lightweight and super-elastic aerogels to be made.

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Figure 1: Synergistically assembled carbon aerogels.

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Ren, W., Cheng, HM. When two is better than one. Nature 497, 448–449 (2013).

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