Several years ago, scientists calculated the properties of an exotic form of carbon — called Carbyne — and found that it promised more strength and stiffness than any other known material. Now, it’s finally been made in a stable form inside an Austrian lab.
All materials react to heat in some way. But this new shape-changing polymer reacts to temperatures as small as the touch of human skin to contract — in the process lifting as much as 1000 times its own weight.
This looks like the kind of thin material you might make a trash bag out of. But that would be a waste because this material, made from carbon nanotubes, is stronger and more compliant then kevlar or carbon fibre.