Tuesday, December 4, 2007
UTD’s nanotube forests yielding tiny-yet-strong crops
... and no tiny scythes are required for harvesting.
Two things are really quite amusing about this WFAA video chronicling a recent visit by reporter Jeff Brady to the lair of University of Texas at Dallas research scientist Mikhail Kozlov, who works in the field of cutting-edge minuscule physics at the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute:
The first is that the video employs an image of silk worms busily spinning as an example of "old technology" fiber harvesting, the likes of which the new home-grown forests of nanocrud are (presumably) designed to replace. Oddly, though, when comparisions are made regarding size, a human hair is used as the basis of comparision. (Why not compare the thickness of a nanovessel to that of a silk fiber, since we've already made that mental connection?)
The second is the way reporter Brady pronounces the actual word, "nanotube": he sort of splits it into two parts and stresses the "TOOOB" portion. And then he scrunches up his face in melodramatic incredulity to tell us: "a human hair is 67,000 times bigger than an individual nanotube!" Well gaaaaw-lee, Mr. Brady!
posted by JM
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