Kolnanotuberna kan komma att bli 2000-talets plast, kisel, glasfiber, stål och koppar i ett. Användningsområdena är många. Ett av dem kan vara att knyta samman nervtrådar med implantat så att man t.ex. kan styra en protes av en hand som om den vore en del av kroppen.

Emerging Technologies and their Impact

Now University of Texas researchers have demonstrated that mats of single-walled carbon nanotubes can communicate electrical signals to neurons, suggesting that the tubes could be used as an electrical interface between neural prosthetics — devices used to replace damaged or missing nerves — and the body. This is good news for those hoping to use nanotubes to stimulate or replace nerve cells in the eye, brain, and spinal cord.

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