Now you can’t tear up your parking tickets

Apparently the Swedish have now developed a cellulose-fibre paper (dubbed “nanopaper”) that is nearly as strong as steel. It’s made from the usual wood pulp, but treated in such a way that the fine, long fibres retain their strength in processing.

Normal paper has a tensile strength less than 1 MPa. Mechanical testing shows this new stuff has a tensile strength of 214 megapascals, making it stronger than cast iron (130 MPa) and almost as strong as structural steel (250 MPa).

As a writer, I suppose I should think about my words being preserved forever on this amazing stuff.  However, my first thought on reading this was that we would see yet more stupid advertising for ultra-strong bathroom tissue. Cavorting fluffy kittens in Japanese Samurai Armor hacking at the rolls with their katanas. (soft AND strong!!)

What that says about me, I hesitate to ponder.


  1. A classmate encoraged me to check out this page, great post, fanstatic read… keep up the good work!

  2. You say that (kitties and katanas) like it’s a bad thing. 🙂

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