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Bringing salvaged wooden ships and artifacts back to life with 'smart' nanotech
When a shipwreck is brought up from the sea depths, the wood quickly starts deteriorating. Scientists are reporting a novel way to use ‘smart’ nanocomposites to conserve a 16th-century British warship, the Mary Rose, and its artifacts. The new approach could help preserve other salvaged ships by eliminating harmful acids without damaging the wooden structures themselves. The researchers will present their results today at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.