Carbon nanotube Cupid perfect for tiny crushes


If you like someone a little bit, this is your ticket to Cupid love on Valentine’s Day.
Physics students at Brigham Young University developed this god business from carbon nanotubes are 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. They began by establishing iron microscopic “seeds” to form a pattern of Cupid. When hot gas is applied to the plate, sprouts into the desired shape. Each nanotube is 99 percent air, and measures approximately 20 atoms across, the structure is very fragile. However, by coating metal pipes or other materials, they become more stable. The process has enabled the BYU physics professor Robert Davis and his colleagues to create structures and logo BYU and practical, very precise micro filters. “One application is in the area of compressed gases such as oxygen in the areas of health care, mining operations or diving,” Davis said in a statement. “Compressed gas systems can generate particles to be filtered.” The nano-Cupid feat follows a similar, though on a smaller scale – in 2009, researchers from Brigham written “BYU” using DNA strands.

credit CNET


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