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1 posted on 08/18/2005 5:12:19 PM PDT by Arkie2
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maybe star trek was half right...

except transparent flexible carbon instead of aluminum.

2 posted on 08/18/2005 5:20:27 PM PDT by xcamel (Deep Red, stuck in a "bleu" state.)
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I wonder what kind of armor you could make out of this stuff?


4 posted on 08/18/2005 5:29:43 PM PDT by Dreagon
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Fascinating! Thanks, Arkie2.


8 posted on 08/18/2005 5:36:24 PM PDT by solzhenitsyn ("Live Not By Lies")
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The latest research was funded by the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency, an agency of the United States
Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific
Research...

Well, that there sez it all -- this here nanotube stuff must be pure evil.   [/sarc]

14 posted on 08/18/2005 5:59:53 PM PDT by jigsaw (The Democratic Party has Irritable Howl Syndrome.)
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Researchers produce strong, transparent carbon nanotube sheets (big advance)

I, for one, am profoundly relieved to learn this.

20 posted on 08/18/2005 6:14:47 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (see my FR page for a link to the tribute to Terri Schaivo, a short video presentation.)
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You could sew them into and invisible Bucky Ball Sack.


21 posted on 08/18/2005 6:18:20 PM PDT by JustAnotherOkie
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just think what might be happening in Texas if Newt and a bunch of penny pinching GOP had not shut down the Super Collider 8 years ago. We spent more money on an overpass project called the High 5, conservative but short sighted GOP leaders stopped the idea machine and sent it to the Swiss.

Now we see funding for NanoTechnology by the Defense Dept, like money for the Internet spent 20 years ago. Good ideas are part of building and defending the country. Jobs come from research like this and the research is often funded by government. /broken promises for science research rant off.

27 posted on 08/18/2005 8:55:25 PM PDT by q_an_a
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Artificial muscles from nanotechnology? Wake me when human wings are over-the-counter. I want to fly. You can have the electric cars and the elevator to the moon, even the teleporter. Just give me wings.


32 posted on 08/19/2005 8:45:59 AM PDT by Graymatter
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If we could just use nano technology somehow to reduce dependence on oil - that could solve a lot of problems!


41 posted on 08/19/2005 9:37:57 AM PDT by marvlus
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Let's get started on that space elevator.


48 posted on 08/19/2005 12:06:07 PM PDT by Sloth (History's greatest monsters: Hitler, Stalin, Mao & Durbin)
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54 posted on 08/19/2005 12:33:57 PM PDT by KevinDavis (the space/future belongs to the eagles --> http://www.cafepress.com/kevinspace1)
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This is fascinating stuff.


58 posted on 08/19/2005 12:37:18 PM PDT by mudblood
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I've been keeping my eye on the development of carbon nanotubes for the past several years, my interest and concern is, when the process is fixed, how long will it take for the cost of production to come down to a point where investment and use become affordable in a practical and meaningful way? Five years, ten, twenty?

The potential applications are overwhelming- cars, airplanes, buildings, spacecraft, artificial landmasses at sea...

61 posted on 08/19/2005 12:46:08 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (Hey, Al Qaeda: Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent)
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Wow! I wonder if this is the breakthrough they needed for the space elevator, sounds like it.


64 posted on 08/19/2005 12:59:30 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances – and it advances relentlessly – freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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If the nanotubes can be woven into solar sails then they should be given to Scaled Composites to produce the CEV the Shuttle replacement. It would be lightweight and STRONG.

Burt Rutan and fellow space conquerors will lead us "To Infinity and Beyond!"

77 posted on 08/19/2005 8:50:02 PM PDT by Young Werther
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