Aerographite Is the Lightest Material Ever Made

It looks like a wisp of smoke or even the work of a very confused spider, but this is actually a close up of the lightest material that has ever been created. » 7/13/12 5:11am 7/13/12 5:11am

Your Sweaty Ass Could Soon Be Charging Your Phone

If you generate a lot of excess body heat—and there's no shame in it—then it would make sense to put it to good use. A new wearable fabric called Power Felt could be the answer; it can generate electrical current from temperature differences. » 2/22/12 1:20pm 2/22/12 1:20pm

Making Powerful, Lightweight Batteries From Nothing But Nanotube Ink…

Reading the electronic-media narrative as it plays out in many popular tech and news blogs, one would think we are hurtling toward a future where paper is all but unnecessary. » 12/08/09 12:50pm 12/08/09 12:50pm

These Carbon Nanotube Muscles Are 30 Times Stronger Than Human Muscles

These next gen carbon nanotube muscles have "diamond-like" stiffness side to side, but are as flexible as rubber when moved perpendicularly. When voltage is applied to the structures, they contract with a pulling force 30 times the force per unit of human muscles. » 3/19/09 11:30pm 3/19/09 11:30pm

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 Supercapacitors May Replace Clunky Car Batteries

Carbon nanotubes are one of the surprising new carbon » 9/22/08 9:00am 9/22/08 9:00am , and it looks like their application in supercapacitors may have a role in replacing clunky old car battery tech. Scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas have invented a technique to make supercapacitor "paper" made from randomly tangled carbon nanotubes…

Nanotube Scale Weighs One Atom at a Time

Yesterday we got a peek at the combined power of nanotubes-technology that makes a rope-driven space elevator feasible-but what can just one do on its own? Berkeley researchers have discovered that one nanotube can be used as a tiny platform to determine the mass of a single atom. » 7/22/08 1:20pm 7/22/08 1:20pm

MIT Working on Nanotube Batteries, Could Be a Breakthrough

In the search for that holy grail, the everlasting battery, not much has been accomplished over the 200 years since old man Volta rolled out the first crude battery back in the dark ages. Now those whiz kids at MIT are using nanotube structures to create new super batteries by using energy storage doodads called… » 2/11/06 10:42am 2/11/06 10:42am