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Scientists Found A Possible Deal Breaker In The Quest To Build A Space Elevator

Carbon nanotubes have been pegged as the wonder material that could finally allow us to build a space elevator. A discouraging new study suggests these microscopic strands aren’t as resilient as we thought — and all it could take is a single misplaced atom to bring the whole thing crashing down.


Nanotubes Self-Assemble Into Wires With A Blast From A Tesla Coil

From chaos, some order and energy — at least if you’re a bunch of carbon nanotubes being blasted by a Tesla coil.


This Simple Black Film Made From Carbon Nanotubes Is Stronger Than Kevlar

This looks like the kind of thin material you might make a trash bag out of. But that would be a waste because this material, made from carbon nanotubes, is stronger and more compliant then kevlar or carbon fibre.


Carbon Nanotubes Found In Human Lungs For The First Time

What’s that up your nose? Researchers have found carbon nanotubes lurking in the lungs of children in Paris, marking the first time the tiny tubes have been observed in humans.


IBM Is Shrinking Transistors With Rows Of Tiny Carbon Nanotubes

In the semiconductor industry, size matters — and people are worried that it won’t be able make transistors any smaller. But a team of IBM scientists has now published research showing how carbon nanotubes could help.


This Cheap Sensor Will Tell Your Phone When Food Goes Bad

Some MIT eggheads invented a very impressive and very inexpensive sensor that stands to protect you against anything from a bomb to a bad pack of beef. And it’s so simple. The new sensor is just a modified near field communication (NFC) chip that can detect the presence of specific gases with the help of carbon nanotubes.


TNT-Coated Carbon Nanotubes Could Generate Future Electricity

Light the touchpaper and stand well back, because we’re about to… make sustainable electricity? That’s the idea according to a researcher from MIT, whose vision for future power generation involves a healthy dose of TNT.


Why NASA Launched One Of The Blackest Materials Ever Made Into Space

A few years ago, we looked at NASA’s long project to design a paint so black, it would absorb nearly every bit of light around it (that’s it above, in the “D” spot). Now, NASA has finally launched the stuff into space — which means that the six-year effort to make it is finally paying off. So, why is this such a vital project for NASA?


Carbon Nanotube Transistors That Will Save Moore's Law Are Coming In 2020

Our world of amazingly tiny electronics is about to get even tinier. After a decade of research, IBM says it will bring carbon nanotube transistors to market by 2020. The company is now readying the technology to take over from silicon transistors, and that opens up a lot of exciting doors.


Tiny Copper And Carbon Nanotube Wires Increase Current Flow 100 Fold

Researchers in Japan have developed an incredibly thin wire — just half a micrometre in diameter — made from a new composite material composed of traditional copper and those new fangled carbon nanotubes. But what makes this creation particularly awesome is that the new wire allows over 100 times more current to flow than a traditional copper thread.


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