Like a wine cork, buckypaper gets wider when stretched

Specially designed carbon nanotube sheets, dubbed “buckypaper,” can increase in width when stretched. The buckypaper can also increase in both length and width when uniformly compressed. Illustration of the oppositely directed lateral bending on forming a nanotube sheet strip into a ring, when the Poisson’s ratio is positive (left) or negative (right). No lateral bending …

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Common ceramic potentially self-heals against radiation damage

A new computer simulation has revealed a self-healing behavior in a common ceramic that may lead to development of radiation-resistant materials for nuclear power plants and waste storage. The materials could make nuclear plants that need less maintenance and which last longer which improves the economics of power generation. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s …

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Carnival of Space Week 48

I am stepping in as late last minute host for the Carnival of Space week 48. Thanks to Fraser Cain of Universe Today for letting me host. Send your Carnival of space entries for week 49 to carnivalofspace at gmail dot com. We have Mars, Red Dwarfs, Astronomy meetings, 2001, Forbidden Planet, Dr Who, aliens …

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IBM makes progress toward optical on chip communication which could speed data transfer 100 times and reduce power by 10 times

BM Researchers Develop World’s Tiniest Nanophotonic Switch to route optical data between cores in future computer chips. If light can be used instead of wires, as much as 100 times more information can be sent between cores, while using 10 times less power and consequently generating less heat. The report on this work, entitled “High-throughput …

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Considering how to reduce oil consumption ? Know how it is used now

This is from a pdf with 5% and 10% oil savings plans FURTHER READINGShort, mid and long term energy Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including …

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Another look at Military Nanotechnology

I had written in 2006 about the Military Nanotechnology book by Altmann The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology has reviewed the book. Some consideration should be given to 1. What are the non-nanotech ways that production could greatly increase ? Breakthroughs that allow expanded reel to reel production. ECD Ovonics quantum control devices made from polymers …

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