Nanotubes are our future ... or so we've been saying for a while now. But, as with any innovative science and technology, realizing its potential can be slow and difficult. Once it comes to be standardized, nanotech is the hope for everything from self-healing building materials to tiny medical machines that swim through your bloodstream healing you. And computer designers are hoping for nanotech to revitalize the growth in computing power, known as the "unscientific" scientific Moore's law, which has begun to slow. Nanotech chips could jump-start computing speed drastically, but the problem is that building with carbon nanotubes has proven to be extremely difficult. So a team at IBM Research decided they were tired of building with nanotubes. Instead, they're going to try to grow them instead.
Read Klint Finley's full story over at Wired.