Some carbon science news (dec 2011)

28 Dec


Ray Baughman creates artificial muscles 
earthskyscience  on Dec  2, 2011


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Nature has been developing her technologies for many hundreds of millions of years, said Ray Baughman. “By looking at the way in which nature has solved problems like muscles, we can advance our own technologies.” Baughman is director of the NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. His lab creates very tiny artificial muscles by spinning filaments of invisibly small carbon nanotubes into an extraordinary yarn. Pound for pound, this nano-yarn is stronger than steel — yet is so light it almost floats in air. This interview is part of a special EarthSky series, Biomimicry: Nature of Innovation, produced in partnership with Fast Company and sponsored by Dow. Baughman spoke with EarthSky’s Jorge Salazar.

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RussiaToday on Dec 25, 2011

RT presents Technology Update.
Carbon-based fibers look to be the future of construction and high-tech manufacturing: the Composite Holding Company bids to bring production of the super-strong, ultra-lightweight carbon material to Russia. A research institute in Dimitrovgrad retools to stave off a coming shortage in the world’s most important diagnostic radioactive isotope. A new waste-to-energy plant is up and running, hopefully making toxic landfills a thing of the past. And the country’s brightest tech entrepreneurs show off their latest wares at the Fourth Russian Innovation Convention.

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