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New German technology turns ink to sound

A professor at Germany’s Chemnitz University has been developing novel technology that will transform electronics into printable material.

Professor Arved Huebler who has worked on the product for 12 years calls the technology, which conduct sound and can even be used for generating electricity, “a printed loudspeaker”.

Text via Aljazeera

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When Will Carbon Nanotubes Save The World? Will The Nanofactured Future Be All Nanoroses?

Trace Dominguez @ Discovery News: Carbon nanotubes have been around for decades, but they’ve yet to make a significant impact among the public at large. What’s the deal? When are these light, strong microscopic filaments going to change the world? Some would say they already have. Here are a couple new ways researchers are using carbon nanotubes to make our world more awesome.

In a computer system, if one copper wire fails to transmit the electrons the whole system can fail. While most research is focused on producing carbon nanotubes efficiently and cheaply, researchers at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are exploring their actual use in technological application.

As electronics get smaller, manufacturers search for ways to save space. Nanotubes are a possible way to miniaturize the connections between components. Aside from their small size, the filaments themselves “offer big promise in a small package,” said Science Daily, “These tiny cylinders of carbon molecules theoretically can carry 1,000 times more electric current than a metal conductor of the same size.”

Science Daily continues, “it’s easy to imagine carbon nanotubes replacing copper wiring in future nanoscale electronics.” However, Thomas Edison tried carbon filaments while working on the lightbulb, and though they were not nano-sized they burned out too quickly. Unfortunately for the researchers trying to replace copper, their nano brothers experienced the same problem. Continue HERE

But…will the nanofuture be all nanoroses?