Carbon Nanotubes: The Revolutionary Substance That Will Change the World
Nanotechnology—the use of very small objects—is a growing part of technological development. One key piece of nanotechnology is the carbon nanotube, a tiny tube made up of carbon atoms. How tiny? Check out the infographic above to find out.
What do carbon nanotubes do? The possibilities of what can be made from the tubes are myriad, from body armor to super conductors to artificial muscles.
At Decker Yeadon, a Brooklyn, New York-based architecture firm, they have dissolved carbon nanotubes in water, to create what they call nanoink. The ink can be painted onto things like paper or fabric, which then allows the paper or fabric to conduct electricity. They plan to use this to make buildings that can move—opening windows and air vents—when the sun hits them.
Watch an interview with Decker Yeadon, an architecture firm who uses nanotubes in their work. It's just one of the interviews from the Edge of Progress Tour.