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SCI/TECH: Yarn Spun for Nanoscale Knitting

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posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 09:33 PM
Mei Zhang and collegues from Australia and the USA from the University of Texas at Dallas have managed to downsize to the nanoscale the ancient art of spinning wool, making possible such devices as an Artifical muscle and super-strong superlight Bullet-Proof body armor. "The present work reduces the diameters of fibers used for spinning by a factor of 1,000, increases twist by about the same factor, and discovers useful properties for the resulting spun carbon nanotube yarns." the team says.
The ancient art of spinning wool has been downsized to the nanoscale with the creation of nanotube yarns that can be used for everything from bulletproof vests to artificial muscles.

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Two significant breakthroughs in just as many days.(See supporting link for yesturdays story) This is a breakthrough that will lead to improved body armor and could help the troops in Iraq very soon, if all goes well in the scale-up process of course. The robotics industry will benefit greatly of course, no more need for bulky and noisy hydrolics for joints anymore.

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