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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Scientists have finally made a substance that’s even stronger than graphene

April 14, 2016 by  
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Much like in comic books, scientists are on an endless quest to discover or create the strongest, most durable substance possible. Theories about how to go about that have long circulated, but nobody has been able to overcome the challenge—until now. A team of Austrian researchers has finally worked out a way to stabilize what they are calling the strongest of all known materials , an exotic form of carbon called carbyne . Read the rest of Scientists have finally made a substance that’s even stronger than graphene

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Carbon nanotubes discovered for the first time in the lungs of children with asthma

October 22, 2015 by  
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Carbon nanotubes have been spotted in the lungs of children studied in Paris, marking their first appearance in humans. In the 64 children diagnosed with asthma who were studied, researchers reported having found these particles in fluid sampled from all of the participants’ airways. Pollution is thought to be the culprit for the presence of these particles, yet the study has people wondering how worried they should be for their children’s safety? Read the rest of Carbon nanotubes discovered for the first time in the lungs of children with asthma

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Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High Performance Supercapacitors

August 7, 2014 by  
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There’s no butts about it- scientists in South Korea may have conceived the most innovative use for smoked cigarette filters yet — high performing supercapacitors. Researchers from Seoul National University found a way to transform the nasty butts that litter sidewalks all over the world into a usable material comparable to graphene or carbon nanotubes . If the process is perfected, the disposed filters could store energy in electrical charges, not only cleaning up the streets but also acting more effectively than their graphene counterparts. Read the rest of Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High Performance Supercapacitors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , carbon nanotubes , cigarette butts , cigarette butts as supercapacitors , cigarette filters , cigarette supercapacitors , eco design , green design , Recycled Materials , renewable energy , science , Seoul University , south korea , sustainable design

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JDS Architects’ Iceberg Housing Mimics Jagged Floating Ice in Denmark

August 7, 2014 by  
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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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Self-Sufficient RE:Villa Floating Island Concept Recycles Coastal Pollution Into Building Material

September 27, 2013 by  
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Together with a naval architect and a building engineer, WHIM architecture is developing an island prototype that employs recycled coastal pollution as building material. The RE:Villa would be constructed from recycled plastic and be completely self-sufficient, featuring renewable energy as well as plenty of greenery from ground to rooftop. WHIM architecture  is basing the construction of this endeavor on the principles of yacht building, fusing those ideas with building engineering with naval architecture. + WHIM architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!        

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Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

August 15, 2013 by  
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A team of international researchers have found a new way to purify water in the developing world. It’s a filter made of plasma-charged carbon nano-tubes that can easily filter out harmful contaminants and even remove salt from otherwise undrinkable briny water. The filters are small — easy to integrate into a teapot-sized  portable water purifier . For poor or remote villages, these devices would be much more practical than building a large-scale  purification plant , which would require a large amount of energy and high labor costs to keep running. Read the rest of Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon nanotubes , clean drinking water , contaminated water , developing nations , nano-filter , new water filter , potable water , safe drinking water , water filters , water purification        

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