It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but the idea of building a lift that would travel from the Earth into space has been around for more than a century. Photo: Alamy

China has strongest fibre that can haul 160 elephants – and a space elevator?

  • Scientists say just 1 cubic centimetre of the carbon nanotube material won’t break under the weight of more than 800 tonnes
  • Tsinghua University researchers are trying to get the fibre into mass production for use in military or other areas
Topic |   China science

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It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but the idea of building a lift that would travel from the Earth into space has been around for more than a century. Photo: Alamy
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