posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 10:24 AM
GE, better known for making appliances, is the first known company to make create a nanotube out of carbon molecules. this nanotube is one billionth
of a meter thick. Nanotechnology could oneday be used in the making of Chips.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists at General Electric Co. (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) unveiled one of the smallest functioning devices ever made
on Wednesday, a carbon tube about 10 atoms wide that could one day shrink computer chip technology.
Researchers at GE's central lab in Niskayuna, New York, hope that their new device, which is a rolled-up sheet of carbon atoms resembling chicken
wire, will someday operate as the standard semiconductor in computers and other electronics.
The device -- a nanotube -- is part of a developing field of technology in which devices are designed on the scale of a "nano," or a billionth of a
meter. That translates to about the size of 10 hydrogen atoms, or 1/80,000 the diameter of a human hair.
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This work is just the beginning for nanotechnology, my guess: is to invest in nanotechnology right now because it will most likely be the next
silicon chip and those investors have done pretty well for themselves.
Nnotechnology is the process of arranging atoms to create nano structures, such as the nanotube. IBM was the first to succesfully arrange atoms to
form the 'IBM' logo.
The posibilities of nanotechnology are endless, and this is a good start
[edit on 10-7-2004 by John bull 1]