A new paper from Rice University researchers theorizes that carbyne could be stronger than graphene. Carbyne consists of pearl-like strings of single carbon atoms, while graphene is made up of one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms. Graphene is heralded for its strength and ability to conduct electricity and heat. Researchers write that carbyne doesn't yet pose competition for graphene, because scientists believe if it were crafted into a sheet of material, it could explode.

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