If 2007 was the year of the carbon nanotube, it looks like 2008 could be the year for boron nanotubes to shine. Carbon nanotubes have been sprouting up in all sorts of tech that requires strong building blocks and fast electronics at the microscopic scale, but boron nanotubes, which were discovered in 2004, are looking even better at electronics, while matching carbon in the strength department. Researchers at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China have proved in simulation that the boron nanotubes can have variable electrical properties, which could make boron the jack of all trades at the nano scale, but that's about as far as we go with this whole "science" thing. Bill Nye would be so disappointed in us.

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Boron nanotubes beat carbon at its own game