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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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.