People in Pennsylvania who have suffered serious spinal cord injuries may one day be treated with a material that has been used to strengthen airplane wings and natural gas storage containers. In 2009, scientists at Rice University wrote a paper about the process that they had developed to extract graphene nanoribbons from multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Scientists now think that the material could have medical applications.
People in Pennsylvania who suffer from spinal cord injuries may experience a number of different effects throughout their lives. Each year in the United States, there are about 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injury. Most of those new cases are men, and most happen because of an accident in a vehicle.