They can’t do anything about Joe Millionaire or The Bachelorette, but new television screens made from carbon nanotubes could help make nanotechnology a survivor.

“The fact that we, as well as Samsung Corporation, have shown clear video images using electron emissions from carbon nanotubes is a huge plus for nanotechnology as a whole,” says Marc Eller, CEO of SI Diamond Technology.

Carbon nanotubes are tiny, tubular carbon molecules with extreme strength and unique electrical properties. They can be developed as extremely fine electron guns for cathode ray tubes in bright, low-energy, lightweight displays.

Applied Nanotech, a subsidiary of SI Diamond Technology, has done just that, building and demonstrating a nanotube television with a 14-inch screen.