"Nanotubes" Discovered in Saracen Swords

The November 15, 2006 issue of New Scientist magazine contains a story on the technology of the Damascus steel swords used by the Saracens during the Crusades. A new study shows that forged steel techology was very modern.

Researchers from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany studied a 17th century sword under an electron microscope and found evidence of carbon nanotubes and nanowires in the sword's construction.