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World's Largest Nanotube Model

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the better-than-a-ball-of-twine-i-guess dept.

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darthpenguin writes "A group at Rice University has completed building the world's largest Nanotube model. Rice University is a leader in this revolutionary field involving nanotubes and buckyballs, which have the potential to revolutionize certain areas of science. The completed model, a full 360 meters in length, has been accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records."

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Definition of Irony: (3, Insightful)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326486)


A group at Rice University has completed building the world's largest Nanotube model.

Someone ought to call the kids over at Rice University and let them know they're working in the wrong direction....the whole point of nanotubes is that they're supposed to be small.

Seriously, though, shouldn't these kids be working on something other than trying to get into the Book of Records? Like, perhaps, doing work with actual nanotubes?

The completed model, a full 360 meters in length, has been accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Wow...what's the category? World's Biggest Waste of Time ?

Re:Definition of Irony: (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326505)

Wow...what's the category? World's Biggest Waste of Time ?
I think that pretty well describes everything in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Re:Definition of Irony: (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326834)

Wow...what's the category? World's Biggest Waste of Time ?

I think that pretty well describes everything in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Except the guy who ate the bicycle. I mean, come on, that could solve the problem with our landfills.

Too bad they don't cover eating records any more. Of course, from what I've seen, the Guiness books only have about a tenth of the content they had in their heydays in the 70's.

Re:Definition of Irony: (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326894)

It's loke the old Soviet triumph:
"World's Largest Microchip!"

Re:Definition of Irony: (1)

bird603568 (808629) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326509)

Maybe its a price fixing scheme?

Definition of Irony: NanoBong. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326519)

"Seriously, though, shouldn't these kids be working on something other than trying to get into the Book of Records? Like, perhaps, doing work with actual nanotubes?"

They could roll the world's smallest joint.

Re:Definition of Irony: NanoBong. (2, Informative)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326957)

No, no, no. They'd make the world's largest model of the world's smallest joint. Sheeesh.

Community building (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326532)

It's just about pulling together as chemistry geeks. Most of the world's monuments were largely about this. Partially the local religion, but mostly "look at this fucking thing we built."

That's a valuable thing in and of itself. The actual thing doesn't have to then be useful.

You could suggest they do a charity instead, but that wouldn't necessarily pull them together. You can't just force people to enjoy the same charity.

You might want to look at what human beings are like sometime.

Re:Community building (3, Insightful)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326578)


You might want to look at what human beings are like sometime.

Actually, no...I wouldn't. Every time I try that, it takes me a whole bottle of Pepto to get my stomach back under control.

Re:Community building (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326920)


I drink heavily and listen to the UT2003 level music files at top volume.

No, seriously. :) It disturbs the neighbors, which I consider adequate payback - ok, it's the only revenge I can afford right now :)

SB

Modern Academia (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326533)

Is not about doing anything useful or revolutionary, its about getting your name and your institution's name printed in whatever publications you can.

Rice is a relatively small university in the middle of South Texas. I guess instead of doing something relevant in science, they decided to do something for play and get it in Guiness and call it scientific research.

Re:Modern Academia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326563)

Rice is actually on the leading edge of nanotechnology research. Thus, the campuswide obsession with the field. Here is one professor's (Richard Smalley, Nobel Prize winner) list of papers: list [rice.edu] .

Re:Modern Academia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326575)

Never heard of them. The Nobel prize is largely without credibility anyomre becuase of all the political extremism of the Nobel committiee.

Re:Modern Academia (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326664)

Funny how perspective can skew observations...

Modern Academia-A "Small" Career. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326625)

"Rice is actually on the leading edge of nanotechnology research... Here is one professor's (Richard Smalley, Nobel Prize winner) list of papers: list."

"Mr Richard Smalley, formally known as 'Inch High, Private Eye' [tvtome.com] could not be located for comment. Investigaters are presently combing the carpet for him, and have called in an expert [imdb.com] to help."

Re:Definition of Irony: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326534)

Wow...what's the category? World's Biggest Waste of Time ?

Shouldn't you instead of posting flamebait to slashdot get out and do some real work? It sounds to me like you're bitter and can't accept the fact that some people enjoy doing something *for the fun of it*. These students woke up early friday morning to enjoy themselves, and you can only attack them. While I did notice the irony inherent in the largeness of the model, I seriously hope you don't apply this narrow-minded view to everything in the world. Grow up.

Re:Definition of Irony: (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326546)

I dont think the grandparent post was someone who claimed to be doing legitimate scientific research.

Just becuase you don't agree with someone does not make it flamebait.

Grow up.

Re:Definition of Irony: (5, Insightful)

Council (514577) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326585)

Like posting on /.?

No, wait, before you mod me down -- this is a fallacy I see a lot that bothers me and will probably come out a lot in these comments. When someone does something big and pointless and it's closely related to something good for the world, people say "what a waste of time!" but when they do something big and pointless and geeky that doesn't remind you about the world's problems, people say "cool!" Millions of people are wasting time constantly, including people with the potential to change the world tremendously.

Put another way, researchers don't have to devote every minute of their lives to doing research. Especially not when we're wasting our lives posting about them on /.

Though the GWR is silly.

Re:Definition of Irony: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326623)

Man, your post was such a waste of time, you could have been working on a cure for cancer, or helping out at a soup kitchen.

Re:Definition of Irony: (1)

Council (514577) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326631)

There are children starving because of me. Dying.

Seriously. I either have to not think, be okay with that, or go insane. I'm wavering between the first two.

Re:Definition of Irony: (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326702)

Or we could all be like Michael Moore and just EAT the starving children!

Michael Moore... Wasn't he the guy who played Mr. Creosote in "The Meaning of Life"?

Re:Definition of Irony: (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326906)

What really astounds me is that people are ignorant enough to think that nothing "meaningful" can come of fanciful things like this. I recommend that these people watch the BBC Connections series sometime and realize that innovation sparks from a series of seemingly random occurences. The Trigger Effect as Burke called it. Who knows that this model might inspire somebody to create, and who knows what effects the construction of this may hold in the distant future.

Re:Definition of Irony: (1)

shaunkreider (642906) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326592)

Think carbon fibre, materials made out of carbon nanotube mesh would be the strongest in existence...

Definition of Irony: Quadruple DD. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326637)

"Think carbon fibre, materials made out of carbon nanotube mesh would be the strongest in existence..."

One could make some serious bras out of that.

Re:Definition of Irony: (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326903)

What a bunch of FSCKING trolls the first few posters are. They sound like a bunch of idiot business majors or something. What a bunch of clueless unimaginative wastes of skin. Here's a clue stupid set of tools: you can use this long string to build a car 50 times as strong as steel, but weighing 50 times as less. If you built an aircraft out of it, it could fly 500 times as far on 1/10 the fuel. You could build buildings 500 stories tall. You could make products that last practically forever. And all the first posters can muster out of their limited grey matter is "whutsit good fer?" "thet don dew nuthin" So to these stuipd trogs, I submit "you know, it's one of those stuipd 'science only' types of inventions, you know, kinda like that transistor thing."

Re:Definition of Irony: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326929)

Nanotubes are not meant to be small, but are meant to be the building blocks to building larger structures, cheaper, faster and stronger.
The kids at Rice Universty are going in the right direction in creating a large version of a Nanotube because they will be used in increasing
numbers to build these structures that have a demand for strong Nanotubes.

Wow...what's the category? Another step towards a future in Nanotechnology?

No waste of time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326932)

The thing took one morning to build. It was mainly a get-together for the chemistry department and a chance to get pizza and t-shirts. Much of the cutting-edge carbon nanotechnology research is being done at Rice - search a bit on Google Scholar. Not to mention some of these kids have been making the calls in Washington on the details of the NNI...

Re:Definition of Irony: (1)

Gentlewhisper (759800) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326937)

Hey! I just invented the World's best solar powered torchlight!

Re:Definition of Irony: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12327017)

You don't get it. Nanotubes are structually small. But the ability to make them longer is really promising. Anything you make out of them will incredibly strong, a lot stronger than steal for instance.
Check out http://www.google.com/search?q=space+elevators
as an example of a promising technology that makes use of nanotubes.

Re:Definition of Irony: (2, Insightful)

RFINN (18178) | more than 9 years ago | (#12327198)

Dude - you're an idiot.

Structures like this tube are what will be needed for applications such as a space elevator cable and fuel tanks that can hold hydrogen (the hydrogen binds to nanotubes and can be packed more densly than in an empty vacuum).

And it's not the "kids" working on these kinds of projects - the goals are set by people like Rick Smalley, who invented and named the Bucky Ball.

The cost of making nanotubes needs to come down before it can be used commerically however - and lo and behold it costs less to produce longer strands.

Last time I spoke with the folks at Rice's Center for Nanoscale Technology they were talking about this as a milestone on their way to $1/gram instead of $1000/gram it stands near now.

Great! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326488)

I bet my giant miniature poodle would love to play on this thing. I hope it isn't so big that really big small aircraft might hit the side of it.

Re:Great! (2, Funny)

qewl (671495) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326743)

Whoa, whoa, whoa! You have a giant miniature poodle?? So do you get like the advantages of a big dog, like watchdog ability and not accidentally stepping on it, and the advantages of a small dog, like not eating as much and pooping less? Or is it just really small, and eats and shits extra all over the place?

Oxymoron (2, Insightful)

Palal (836081) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326489)

Isn't this an oxymoron? Enough for the first post

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326491)

fp

Re:fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326581)

Thanks for demonstrating the worlds worst first post.

Re:fp (1)

bird603568 (808629) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326605)

it could have been "." or just some random crap. Maybe it was the worlds latest first post?

Irony... (1)

meatflower (830472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326496)

Anybody else see the irony in the word Largest being followed by Nano?

Nope. Re:Irony... (1)

templest (705025) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326685)

That would be an Oxymoron, Good Sir.
Ah, Gr. 9 English, what a catalyst for enlightenment you served as.

Next step, Mass production (1, Interesting)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326497)

On a fiber by fiber basis, nanotubes are very fragile. However, in large bunches they are stronger than any other material currently available.

I'd love to see how they manage to mass produce these things. Such a production ability brings the vaunted "space elevator" closer to reality.

Re:Next step, Mass production (2, Insightful)

grumpygrodyguy (603716) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326565)

Score:0, Offtopic.

Sometimes I wish I could moderate moderators into 0, Offtopic for being such dumbasses.

Re:Next step, Mass production (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326580)

Ever hear of meta-moderation?

Re:Next step, Mass production (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326599)

Yes, because mass producing giant model nano-tubes makes so much fucking sense.

Re:Next step, Mass production (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326842)

I don't think either of the parents RTFA

rofl! awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12327068)

rofl- I would mod you up if i could

Also on display... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326510)

... World's tallest Midget.

Re:Also on display... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326645)

... World's smartest republican.

Re:Also on display... (0)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326709)

And we got Anonymous Coward's most insightful comment right here.

Re:Also on display... (1)

rob_squared (821479) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326713)

And he's in Moe's Tavern, watching the worlds smallest wide screen TV.

Re:Also on display... (1)

Have Blue (616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326812)

And just around the corner is the world's shortest giant...
And just around the next corner is the world's fattest thin man...
And around the corner after that is the world's thinnest fat man...

Re:Also on display... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326847)

The world's most womanly ma---oh wait, that's not an oxymoron.

Servers (0, Offtopic)

CypherXero (798440) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326513)

Maybe they can get another entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest /. effect...ever.

Re:Servers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326613)

When will posting the coral cache of a link become standard at slashdot?

When hell freezes over. Duh.

Re:Servers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326727)

The main www.rice.edu server is holding up fine, it's the blogs.rice.edu system that's fallen over. It's an experimental system that was meant to give a blog every student on campus. It was never meant for Slashdot.

Revolutionary Field? (4, Funny)

mazarin5 (309432) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326514)

Rice University is a leader in this revolutionary field involving nanotubes

The revolutionary field of making gigantic models? :)

Revolutionary Field?-Growth Spurt. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326539)

"The revolutionary field of making gigantic models? :)"

Now there's two words normally not found together. "Gigantic", and "Model".

"Now modeling the Houston Astrodome, Miss Texas.".

Guinness (4, Insightful)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326515)

Any remember when a GWR actually MEANT something? Now seems like they'll give a record to any borderline unique PR stunt...

Yeah, you were six (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326541)

They never meant anything. You were just young. There are comics going back to the 60s about people making the world's largest noodle stack to get in the book. It's always been ridiculous.

Oh. (1)

fallendove (875598) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326520)

...and here I was expecting a story about biologically modified rice...
(speaking of which, what is with slashdot and tier 1 universities? caltech, mit, carnegie mellon, etc, etc on the front page this month alone)

Space Elevator Application? (2, Funny)

tquinlan (868483) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326527)

If they can just build more of these things, and stack them on top of each other, they'll have made a space elevator, one that will be that much strong than one made of real nano-parcticles!

Re:Space Elevator Application? (1)

ElectricOkra (876481) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326640)

world's largest Nano-Space Elevator..?

Re:Space Elevator Application? (1)

jag2k (862535) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326863)

Then NASA can buy it from them for 29 cents.

Re:Space Elevator Application? (1)

x_codingmonkey_x (839141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326921)

Wait so this isn't made out of real nano-particles?

eww (2, Funny)

fallendove (875598) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326560)

Tell these science nerds they can keep their nanotubes and buckyballs to themselves.

Suddenly I don't feel so inadequate (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326566)

nanotubes and buckyballs

I bet their wives tease them all the time.

Re:Suddenly I don't feel so inadequate (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326696)

It's not the size that counts, it's the motion of the matter waves...

Re:Suddenly I don't feel so inadequate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326997)

Wives? You must be new here.

Picture Of The Inanimate Carbon Rod (5, Funny)

Anti_Climax (447121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326572)

Apparently they've posted an ASCII photo of the model to save bandwidth. I think I managed to get it before they site went down. It looks like this
Fatal error: out of dynamic memory in yy_create_buffer() in Unknown on line 0
I can't really tell how true to life it is though.

Re:Picture Of The Inanimate Carbon Rod (1)

stiefvater (101844) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326764)

i see that too. i guess they're using yacc.

K.

Worlds smallest nanotube model (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326595)

Ok, sure, but what about the worlds smallest nanotube model?

Fine! here. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326682)

Space Elevator (-1, Troll)

hlopez (220083) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326601)

We are still far of from a full working space elevator, but advances like this take us a step closer to full on space exploration.

Re:Space Elevator (2, Funny)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326703)

Wow, you didn't even read the Slashdot Summary.

how about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326612)

It would have been truly impressive if they tried making it out of nanotubes.

Huh? (1)

theJerk242 (778433) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326619)

A group at Rice University has completed building the world's largest Nanotube model.

I thought the point of nano-tech was to make things smaller, not larger!

This beats the previous model... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326629)

...by 359.99999999 meters.

Re:This beats the previous model... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12327046)

Nope, you are missing one more 9...

To keep it from being boring... (3, Funny)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326650)

To keep it from being boring, they put a tiny spaceship inside!

Re:To keep it from being boring... (1)

trentfoley (226635) | more than 9 years ago | (#12327069)

Sweet Zombie Jesus! I hate it when people make obscure references.

If anyone wants me, I'll be in the angry dome.

Poor Guy... (4, Funny)

templest (705025) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326655)

buckyballs, ...a full 360 meters in length, has been accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records.
I feel sorry for the dude. I mean, what can he do but wrap them around his waist...
Oh, I thought... you know what, nevermind.

"a full 360 meters in length" (3, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326669)

Wow, if just the model is 360m long, imagine how big an ACTUAL nanotube must be!

They're entitled to a PR stunt... (5, Interesting)

pmadden (209229) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326678)

Give them a break... the model is a PR stunt, but the whole nanotube/buckyball thing started at Rice. The feds have started pouring money into nanotech research; if Rice wants to get their fair share of the loot, they need to make sure no one forgets where the nanotube came from. Seems like a lot of /.ers don't know, which is kind of scary.

Most schools use their sports programs to get positive PR. Rice is doing their PR off of some very solid and useful research that happened on campus. Got a problem with that?

Re:They're entitled to a PR stunt... (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326720)

Thank God professors get pulled into the trap that is Slashdot too!

I'm actually planning on changing my homepage to something other than Slashdot sometime soon (probably Google).

Getting drawn into flamewars on Slashdot is rarely productive. The articles are interesting (sometimes), but you really can't count on informed commentary anymore.

I'd just let it roll off your back.

Re:They're entitled to a PR stunt... (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12327196)

but the whole nanotube/buckyball thing started at Rice

As long as it's not transgenic - oh wait...

Image (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326718)

The site's fried, but Rice University has an image of it (along with some guy's head) on their front page.

http://www.rice.edu/nanotube04222005.jpg [rice.edu]

WORLDS LARGEST NANOTUBE model (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326721)

pfft. how bout getting a nanotube that long instead of this pointless exercise?

Speaking of oxymorons... (0, Offtopic)

Quinn_Inuit (760445) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326767)

World's Latest First Post!

ok... (5, Interesting)

BoomTechnology (832547) | more than 9 years ago | (#12326810)

ok. In all honesty -- it really wasn't that big of a
waste of time. We (the students -- undergrad
students who don't have the knowledge of doing
this sort of research) were asked by the coordinators to sign up to build the tube.
Mind you, we did this on a Friday when most of us don't
work hard anyways (especially those silly Academs [rice.edu] ).
OK. Admittedly, I did not partake in these festivities as I was busy with other more important things,
but for the people who had the time to do it, I'm sure
it was a bonding experience and I'm sure they had a blast. Plus they got free t-shirts...yum.

Re:ok... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326859)

Slashdot could have a story about a 13 year old who single handedly designed and built a working Stargate and you would still get comments like, "so what, I was thinking of doing this," and the ever popular "what a waste of time, they could have been working on a cure for cancer!" So no matter what you do, if you post it on Slashdot you will be belittled by geeks with a superiority complex.

I got your nanotube... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326850)

I got your world's largest nanotube right here....

Re:I got your nanotube... (1)

Gooberheadly (458026) | more than 9 years ago | (#12327171)

You're correct, 'Sir' ... that most assuredly *is* tiny.

SCIENTIFIC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326856)

Guiness Book Of World Records!!!! A Scientific Authority if I've ever seen one LOLOL

The Fast and the Curious (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326922)

Rice University? Don't they have better things to do, like put a coffee can exhaust and a spoiler on a Honda civic?

buckyball & designer carbon - a new perfect to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326945)

I am excited about grid carbon structures, but it looks like they are going to be very "sticky" toxins, extremely small amounts will cause build ups in animals and humans. Not to be all John Titor-y about it, but this one ain't going to turn out good.

Re:buckyball & designer carbon - a new perfect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12326955)

I have an image of a guy running around with one of these big nanotube models stuck to his back yelling, "get it off! get it off!"

Nano Nano (1)

AliasMoze (623272) | more than 9 years ago | (#12327021)

Everytime I hear "nano", I think of how far ahead of its time "Mork and Myndy" was.

Biotech??? O.o what the... (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 9 years ago | (#12327208)

What's biotech got to do with this? Nanotubes are ANYTHING but organic. (OK they got carbon yeah, but you get the point).

Shouldn't /. add a "nanotech" topic, for once? And use a nanotube picture as the icon. There we could deal with nanotubes, nanotransistors, quantum dots, yadda yadda yadda.

Why is everybody running the other way? (1)

Danuvius (704536) | more than 9 years ago | (#12327210)

A group at Rice University has completed building the world's largest Nanotube model.
Errr... that's great. No, I mean, really--most excellent! Smashing, one might even say.

Though... I can't help... but wonder... wasn't the competition-at-large about building the smallest of something?

... but hey, never mind, as I said, terrific work, chaps! Capital, I say, capital! Most... errr... grand!!

nanotubes.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12327216)

Waste of time? Haven't you been keeping up-to-date on the Space Elevator? And how we need a nanotube that is miles long to complete this? Once we figure out how to make sheets and other objects made from Nanotubes, it will change everything, from strong and lighter materials for vehicles, buildings, computers, even the medical sciences.

Nanotechnology is the "next great scientific revolution" and nanotubes are the forefront right now in their practical applications.

I would read up on it before you comment.

Balls and Rods (2, Funny)

iamlucky13 (795185) | more than 9 years ago | (#12327281)

That's pretty cool. I always wanted to build a nanotube (megatube?) with those silly ball and stick molecule kits you play with in intro chemistry, but they never come with more than 15 carbons. One time a bunch of my friends and I pooled together a couple kits and made a bucky-tube, but the teacher wasn't that impressed. He already knew we were nerds and was just worried about us getting the right number of carbons in each kit when we took it apart.
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