Scientists figured out how to make water freeze at boiling temperatures

November 30, 2016 by  
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When water, in its liquid form, is confined within carbon nanotubes, it takes on some amazing new properties. Researchers at MIT have discovered that water trapped inside carbon nanotubes can actually freeze at the high temperatures that would normally bring it to a rolling boil . Previous research has long shown that the boiling and freezing points of water change when it is confined to small spaces, but those temperature variations usually hover around 10C. The introduction of carbon nanotubes has changed the game significantly. Carbon nanotubes are tube-like structures with a diameter measured in nanometers, which are equal to one-billionth of a meter or about 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. The carbon nanotubes used during the MIT experiments were just slightly larger in diameter than the width of a few water molecules. Because water confined within the carbon nanotubes can take on a solid frozen state at a much higher temperature than in other vessels, the discovery could lead to inventions such as ice-filled wires, which could exist at room temperature. Related: MIT uses carbon nanotubes to boost lithium battery power 10x In order to better understand how water molecules behave when trapped in such small spaces, the research team used carbon nanotubes of different diameters, noting that even a tiny fraction of difference in size translated into different phase change temperature points. Nanotubes ranging from 1.05 nanometers to 1.06 nanometers resulted in a difference of tens of degrees around the apparent freezing point, something that surprised the research team. Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor in Chemical Engineering at MIT, is one of five contributing authors on the research . “If you confine a fluid to a nanocavity, you can actually distort its phase behavior,” he said. “The effect is much greater than anyone had anticipated.” The research was recently published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Via New Atlas Images via Cloudzilla/Flickr and MIT

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Stanford University Builds the World’s First Carbon Nanotube Computer

September 27, 2013 by  
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A team of Stanford engineers just created the world’s first computer made from carbon nanotubes ! The invention has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that are faster, lighter and more energy-efficient. Read the rest of Stanford University Builds the World’s First Carbon Nanotube Computer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon , carbon batteries , carbon nanotubes , cnt , computing , electronic devices , green devices , nanotube technologies , space elevators , stanford university        

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NRA Lobbyist Tony Makris Televises the Killing of an Elephant on NBC Sports

September 27, 2013 by  
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Big game hunting is an atrociously cruel and unnecessary “sport” that doesn’t prove anything but hunters’ ability to shoot an innocent animal from a safe distance. In just the latest string of gross television episodes celebrating animal killing, National Riffle Association lobbyist Tony Makris took down a bull elephant as one of his biggest “trophies” yet on Under Wild Skies . Since airing on  NBC Sports Network the video has spurred tons of Internet backlash. Read the rest of NRA Lobbyist Tony Makris Televises the Killing of an Elephant on NBC Sports Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal cruelty , Bad Television , Big Game Hunting , celebrities , conservation , hunting , Hunting Animals , National Rifle Association , NBC Sports Network , NRA , Safari hunts , television , Tony Makris , Trophy killing , Under Wild Skies , Wild Life Preserve        

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Designers of RockPaperRobot Furniture Share Their Businesses Tips – Learned The Hard Way

September 27, 2013 by  
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Getting a business off the ground is no easy feat. Once you gather enough courage and resources to run with your dream, you’ll be met with one obstacle after another — all of which are valuable learning experiences. But an even better way to learn is not from your own mistakes — but from the mistakes of others. Get a business leg-up by following the wisdom that RockPaperRobot learned the hard way: You can always make more money, but you can’t make more time. Makers of awesome magnetic/floating furniture , kinetic lighting , and dynamic installations, RockPaperRobot is an acclaimed “engineering boutique” building ingenious, physics-defying design pieces that have been wowing design-aficionados and growing a loyal fan base for their unique creations. But the road to success wasn’t so easy for founders Jessica Banks and Mihae Mukaida, and they have one very important bit of advice to share with their fellow entrepreneurs — a lesson they learned on the road to success: You can’t always do it all . Watch their video above for their story, and keep reading to learn more about this inspiring design/engineering duo. Read the rest of Designers of RockPaperRobot Furniture Share Their Businesses Tips – Learned The Hard Way Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american express business tips , amex , Amex Open Forum , design engineering , eco design , float table , floating table , furniture design , green business , green design , industrial design , interactive furniture , Jessica Banks , kinetic design , kinetic engineers , kinetic furniture , magnetic block table , magnetic table , Mihae Mukaida , OpenForum , Rock Paper Robot , rockpaperrobot , small business inspiration , small business tips , starting a small business , Transforming Furniture        

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Carbon Nanotubes Could Create Buildings That Move

October 25, 2010 by  
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File this in the creepy yet useful category: architectural research firm Decker Yeadon is currently researching how carbon nanotubes may one day create a building material able to move without motors. This means that one day your windows might be able to open and close independent of you, but completely responsive to a number of other factors such as room temperature, with no mechanical parts required. Read the rest of Carbon Nanotubes Could Create Buildings That Move http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building materials , Carbon Nanotube , decker yeadon , green design , nanoInk , nanotechnology

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Chic Modern Chicken Coop Grows a Green Roof

October 25, 2010 by  
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At-home fruit and veggie gardens are nothing new, but a growing trend amongst those trying to go more organic are backyard chicken coops . Our friends at Dwell recently shared the story of one design-minded couple who’ve forgone pesky rolls of chicken wire and gone all-out with an incredible chicken abode for their feathery friends. Not only is the construction spacious enough for three chickens, but the coop also features reclaimed cedar wood on its siding and a green roof to keep the interior cool! Read the rest of Chic Modern Chicken Coop Grows a Green Roof http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backyard chickens , chicken coops , diy chicken coops , green chicken coops , hen coops , hens , Home farming , humane chicken coops , living roof , Mitchell Snyder , organic eggs , organic farmic , Portland , raising chickens , rooftop gardens , Shelley Martin , yard chickens

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Bird Textiles Founder Rachel Bending’s Gorgeous Green Home

October 25, 2010 by  
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When it came to constructing her first home, Rachel Bending, the founder of Bird Textiles , spent more than five years observing the land on which she planned to build, compiling albums of ideas she hoped to implement. A design inspired by Bending’s inclination to honor the land, her inherent good taste, and years of planning, her well-thought out endeavor has given way to one of the most gorgeous homes imaginable. More than just an incredible abode, the structure implements some of the most advanced sustainable building practices available – both inside and out

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Autonomous Ocean Robot to Unlock Secrets of Antarctica

October 25, 2010 by  
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Autonomous robots may be able to tell us just how bad the melting ice situation is in Antarctica and other hard-to-reach locations.

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Carpet of Boron Nanotubes Could Lead to New Generation of Nano-scale Electronics

January 28, 2010 by  
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Like some tantalizing cursed treasure, boron nitride nanotubes have been tempting researchers with their promise of high heat tolerance, which makes them excellent candidates for components in the next generation of microscopic-scale high efficiency electronics .  But for years the tiny nanofibers, which are similar to carbon nanotubes , have lead researchers down one blind alley after another. The fact is that boron nanotubes are much harder to produce than carbon nanotubes.   They won’t catch on until that obstacle is overcome – and it seems that a team of researchers at Michigan Technological University has done just that.  Working with the same instrumentation used for carbon nanotubes, the team has developed a way to grow virtual “Persian carpets” of boron nitride nanotubes in the lab, paving the way for their commercial use. Read more of this story »

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Nanotechnology Turning Your Cotton T-Shirt and Polyester Pants Into Batteries

January 21, 2010 by  
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Images via PhysOrg (Credit: American Chemical Society) and BBC (Credit: Nanoletters) Stanford University researchers aren’t stopping at paper when it comes to exploring how carbon nanotubes can be used to create thin, flexible batteries. They’ve moved on from paper and ink to cotton and polyester. Looking at combining carbon nanotubes and fabrics, the research team is bringing us closer to having wearabl…

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