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Researchers Made Bionic Spinach Plants That Can Help Detect Deadly Land Mines

Popeye was right when it came to the health benefits of spinach, but that simple sailor man couldn’t have predicted this unorthodox use of the superfood. Researchers at MIT have found a way to use spinach to detect explosive materials in soil, potentially making the plant a safe way to detect landmines. Read More >>

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Scientists Find 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 lift that could take humans to space. 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. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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

This looks like the kind of thin material you might make a bin 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. Read More >>

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IBM is Shrinking Transistors With Rows of Tiny Carbon Nanotubes

In the semiconductor industry, size matters — and those in the know worry that transistors can't be made any smaller. But a team of IBM scientists has now published research showing how carbon nanotubes could help. Read More >>

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This Cheap Sensor Will Tell Your Phone When Food Goes Bad

Some MIT eggheads invented an impressive, inexpensive, simple sensor that stands to protect you against anything from a bomb to a bad packet of beef. The new gadget is just a modified near-field communication (NFC) chip that can detect the presence of specific gases with the help of carbon nanotubes. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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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? Read More >>

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Carbon Nanotube Transistors That’ll 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'll 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. Read More >>

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Carbon Nanotubes Can Now Fireproof Your Furniture

If you've ever lamented the fact that putting your sofa right next to a warm crackling fireplace was dangerous, carbon nanotubes might one day come to the rescue—again. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology—or NIST—have created a carbon nanotube-based coating that makes the foam used in furniture considerably less flammable. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>

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Scientists Found a New Way to Turn Plastic Bags into a Supermaterial

Have you ever had a room-mate who saves plastic shopping bags just in case they ever have the need to reuse the dang things? Like, hundreds of plastic shopping bags? Well, thanks to some Australian engineers, those extra bags can not only have a purpose, they can become technology of the future. Read More >>

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The World’s Smallest Saw Is Made From Diamond Coated Carbon Nanotubes

You know all that sawdust you're left with when hacking through a piece of lumber? It's a minor inconvenience for carpenters, but a huge problem for electronics manufacturers cutting expensive materials like silicon wafers on the microscopic scale. So researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have found a way to make incredibly precise ultra thin saws from carbon nanotubes covered with an outer layer of lab grown diamonds. Read More >>

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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. Read More >>