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Photos of the Day: Graphene Nanoribbons as Deicer

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:47am
David Ruth, Rice University

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Read: Graphene Nanoribbons an Ice-Melting Coat for Radar

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For more information visit www.rice.edu.

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