Nanotechnology, the manipulation of particles of matter about a billionth of a meter in size, is enabling scientists to work on a range of lighter, cheaper and cooler-running automotive tires that also could contribute to reduced fuel consumption and lighter vehicle frames. Michelin Group, the world’s leading tire manufacturer, has backed research by InMat Inc., a New Jersey-based research company, to create a “nanotire” that InMat says would address one long-standing problem with current ...

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