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Carbon nanotubes

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A combination of wax and coiling makes carbon nanotube muscles stronger than ever. A combination of wax and coiling makes carbon nanotube muscles stronger than ever. Science/AAAS

Power to you: carbon nanotube muscles are going strong

Just on a year ago my colleagues and I announced our discovery that carbon nanotube yarns could be made to twist and rotate at great speeds when electrically stimulated. In this way we had created “artificial…
A week is a long time to be stuck in a lift. A week is a long time to be stuck in a lift. MGM

Going up! The elevator that could take you into space

A major Japanese construction company, Obayashi Corporation, has announced plans to build a space elevator within 40 years, allowing people to be transported to space stations above the earth. The proposed…
Tiny but mighty: meet the enduring poster child of the nano-revolution. Tiny but mighty: meet the enduring poster child of the nano-revolution. EPA

Don’t believe the hype: carbon nanotubes are merely extraordinary

As you read this, researchers around the world are slaving away furiously to develop stronger, smaller and more cost-effective materials for a range of potential uses. But while there are many “nano-scale…

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New uses for carbon nanotubes

University of California, Riverside, scientists have added ionic liquid to single-walled carbon nanotubes and modified the…

New sponge to clean up oil spills

A new type of carbon nanotube sponge can absorb over 100 times its weight in oil making it perfect for cleaning up oil spills…