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Gather around the nanotubes for TV of future

In a few years, when people ask, "What's on the tube tonight?" they might be making an unintentional pun. That's because researchers have created a new transistor based on carbon nanotubes that could soon light up televisions and other screens. Full story

'Frozen Smoke' to Lend Robots a Soft Touch

Robots can solve puzzles, assist with surgery, and even stand in for caregivers, but ask one to handle potato chips without crushing them and humans still prevail. Robotic hands just aren't sensitive enough. A new material dubbed "frozen smoke" could be the skin they need for a lighter touch. Full story

Super rubber could cushion sneakers, spaceships

You might not run faster or jump higher with shoes soled in new super rubber, but they could save your knees and eventually power your iPod. Full story

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A Japanese team unsuccessfully tried to win a NASA prize with this carbon nanotube tether, which looks like a piece of videotape. The tether broke first in a head-to-head competition with a reference length of super-strong material.

gym lockers
gym lockers

Scientists at Auburn University have developed a new coating in which lysozyme, a component of human tears and natural microbicide, has been locked into place with tiny carbon nanotubes. The coating could eventually find its way onto commonly touched surfaces, such as lockers in gyms or work setting