What’s “tens” of nanometres thin, contains no moving parts, and blasts out Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” all day long? Carbon nanotube speakers developed by researchers at China’s Tsinghua University, that’s what.
Here’s something new for the tabloids to get angry about without understanding. The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution has recommended “urgent regulatory action” over the microscopic materials present in sun creams, sports clothing and medicine.
The commission warns that although hundreds of consumer products are already in the marketplace that use nanoparticles, we have an ‘almost complete lack of knowledge’ regarding their long-term effects on human health and the environment. The report says many nanoparticles are so poorly understood that scientists don’t even know how to check their safety.
I know what you’re wondering – when, oh when, is cutting edge modern technology going to be used to help our travelling circus friends? Well don’t worry, it won’t be long now. Scientists have calculated that an invisible Carbon Nanotube rope just 1cm thick and invisible to the naked eye could support the weight of a human, potentially putting a radical new twist on boring old tightrope walks (but potentially destroying the mime industry).
For a generation past, Morph is a small clay man and former star of children’s TV. In future, it could be a revolutionary new concept in mobile phone design from Nokia.
Video games aren't all about aliens, road wars, and violence (like how I've summed up the entire history of games there in three words? 🙂 ) The game development studio PlayGen has partnered with global nanotechnology consultancy Cientifica to develop…