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Nmap 5 was recently released and while Nmap has always been known as an incredible scanning and footprinting tool, it's clear that Fyodor and other project contributors have morphed Nmap into an entire suite.
Nmap now includes Ncat - a tool that shares some similarities with Netcat but adds many other features:
I've barely scratched the surface - the full Ncat user guide can be found here.
Another tool added to the new "Nmap suite" is the Ndiff scan comparison tool. This tool allows you to scan your network at regular intervals and view differences between scans.
Other enhancements to Nmap 5 include speed improvements, improved documentation, and a scripting engine.
What are you waiting for? Go get it!