There's a New Material That's So Black You Can't See It

A team of British researchers has created a record-breaking material, but you might struggle to tell—because it's so black that you can barely see it. » 7/14/14 7:10am 7/14/14 7:10am

The First Carbon Nanotube Computer: The Hyper-Efficient Future Is Here

Coming just a year after the creation of the first carbon nanotube computer chip, scientists have just built the very first actual computer with a central processor centered entirely around carbon nanotubes. Which means the future of electronics just got tinier, more efficient, and a whole lot faster. » 9/25/13 6:20pm 9/25/13 6:20pm

How Effective Can a Microscopic Nanotube Cupid Really Be?

Banking on the whole notion of it not being the size of the gift that counts, physics students at Brigham Young University's Nanotechnology Research Group have created what could be the world's tiniest cupid, made of carbon nanotubes. » 2/12/13 2:40pm 2/12/13 2:40pm

Muscles Made From Wax-Filled Yarn Are Way Stronger Than Yours

The expansion and contraction of muscles keeps us alive every second of every day. Even though it's such a basic part of our existance, creating artificial muscles has proven to be a bit more complicated. That is, until now. Scientists have recently found what could be a good solution: yarn full of wax. » 11/16/12 12:40pm 11/16/12 12:40pm

The Miraculous NASA Breakthrough That Could Save Millions of Lives…

There are no hospitals in space. The closest E.R. is back on Earth, and astronauts can't exactly jump in a cab to get there. So what happens if the sun burps out a massive blast of radiation while an astronaut is space-amblin' by? » 2/08/12 12:00pm 2/08/12 12:00pm

Why Did NASA Create a Material Ten Times Blacker than the Blackest…

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientists have created a new material that is ten times blacker than the blackest black paint in the world. It's made of carbon nanotubes grown on titanium. Why does NASA need this material? » 12/05/10 9:30pm 12/05/10 9:30pm

Tiny Solar Cells Can Rebuild Themselves

Minuscule solar cells that can fix themselves using the same building blocks as plant cells have been demonstrated, with our old friend the carbon nanotube one of the key components that holds these self-healing power units together. » 9/06/10 11:00am 9/06/10 11:00am

Printable Nanotube RFID Tags Could Make Wireless Checkout Aisles a…

Wireless checkout is many a grocer's dream. It's like Amazon's one-click shopping in the real world, maximizing efficiency for the customer and cutting costs for the supermarket. A new printable RFID tag could make it a reality. » 3/27/10 12:42pm 3/27/10 12:42pm

Heat-Channeling Carbon Nanotubes Produce 100 Times More Energy than…

Johnny Cash can't have known about carbon nanotubes when he sang about rings of fire, but MIT scientists have shown how they can create electrical current—about 100 times as much energy per unit of weight as lithium-ion batteries. » 3/09/10 2:40pm 3/09/10 2:40pm

Bacteria Colonies May Be Linked By Nanowires

A bacterium on its own can't reach very far. And when stacked on the sea floor in a large colony, it may have access to either oxygen (top of the pile) or food (bottom of the pile). » 2/25/10 11:40am 2/25/10 11:40am

Buff Buckypaper Makes Steel Sob Into Tub of Ben and Jerry's

Nanotech wonder Buckypaper is 10 times lighter and 500 times stronger than steel. And while academic research labs have successfully synthesized the stuff for years, the first architectural firm has just made Buckypaper on their own. » 2/22/10 4:40pm 2/22/10 4:40pm

Nano Silver May Be Envionment's Silver Bullet

The UK's Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution has recently released a report urging for more study of nano-engineered materials, warning that there is a "major gap" in our knowledge of this technology. We've covered the potential dangers of carbon nanotubes » 11/13/08 10:00am 11/13/08 10:00am here before, but the commission also warns about nano…

Nanobama: Barack Obama in Nanotubes

A technique known as nanolithography was used to build these Obama faces, combining 150 million carbon nanotubes to construct each individual half-millimeter visage. Depending on your political leanings, the result is either the cutest wittle powitician ever or proof that science, in the wrong hands, will engineer… » 11/04/08 6:20pm 11/04/08 6:20pm

Nanotube Speaker Film: Transparent, Stretchy, Likes Moldovan Pop

Scientists at Tsinghua University in Beijing have just perfected a process by which nanotubes can be coaxed to emit sound, allowing for the construction of ultra-thin, transparent, flexible 'speakers', demonstrated above affixed to a waving flag. Unlike normal speakers, which produce sound with direct vibration,… » 11/04/08 6:15am 11/04/08 6:15am

Carbon Nanotube Manufacturing Breakthrough Could Mean Bye-Bye Steel

Carbon nanotubes have been popping » 9/30/08 6:07am 9/30/08 6:07am Giz for a while, touted as one of the next wonder-materials—but a new development in their manufacture means they may not remain "future technology" for long. In fact the work of a team at CSIRO and the University of Texas at Dallas means that commercial-scale production of sheets…

Nanotubes Could Make For Bouncy Cellphones: I'm Talkin' to You…

Ah nanotubes. Is there anything you can't almost possibly do » 8/14/08 6:20pm 8/14/08 6:20pm? Well, now you can add bouncy cellphones to the list because a team of Clemson University researchers have developed a way to make beds of tiny, shock-absorbing coiled carbon nanotubes which could be used to cushion objects from damaging impacts. They hope…

New Material Stretches While Conducting Electricity

Japanese researchers have developed a new material capable of stretching to roughly twice its natural shape while conducting electricity—before snapping back with no damage to the circuit. It's essentially a rubber polymer filled with carbon nanotubes, and it could be used to create anything from a curved… » 8/08/08 9:18am 8/08/08 9:18am

Smallest Ramen Bowl in the World

According to legend, University of Tokyo professor Masayuki Nakao was bitten by a radioactive ramen bowl when he was a kid, which gave him the ability to spit 1-micron-wide bowls made out of silicon—full of dozens of 20-nanometer-think carbon noodles floating in an ethanol soup—at supersonic speeds. Or maybe he did… » 5/29/08 9:30am 5/29/08 9:30am

Are Nanotubes the New Asbestos?

A new study has found that carbon nanotubes—if inhaled—could be as dangerous as asbestos. This is not only problematic for a future of semiconductors that would like to exploit the technology, but the goods already on the market now that use nanotubes in composite mixtures, like baseball bats and tennis rackets. » 5/20/08 6:40pm 5/20/08 6:40pm