Researchers turn algae into a material as hard as steel

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Algae in a pond may look flimsy. But scientists are using algae to develop industrial-strength material that’s as hard as steel but only a fraction of the weight.

Thomas Brück of the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and his team developed a process that uses algae oil to create carbon fibers. They’re strong, lightweight materials that can be used in cars, airplanes, and buildings.

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