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A Vanderbilt University graduate student has created the world's thinnest wires using a beam of electrons, a technique that could usher in new ultra-slim form factors for electronics and possibly help the chip industry build smaller, faster processors. Ph.D candidate Junhao Lin used a scanning transmission electron microscope …

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- 'Cut the red wire'

: 'What red wire'?

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it's the one in the nano tube.

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Quick, get out the tape measure... what length is a red photon/wave of light?

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@TechnicalBen

Huge, actually, around 650nm. A silicon atom is about a quarter of a nm across, so it works out that a wavelength of red light is about 2800 silicon atoms wide.

That's why this guy is using electron beams.

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Gosh!

I'll bet he won the Science Fair with that one.

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I can't wait...

...for an even thinner iPhone.</sarc>

Thumbs up for the science guy through.

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Re: I can't wait...

Well, the next phone they'll call RAZR - you better hold it with chainmail gloves... ;)

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Not easy

I'll bet soldering these into a circuit is a bugger!

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Re: Not easy

Soldering? That's welding for girls.

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Re: Not easy

Do you mean Sodering? Boody americans and their sient L's... Why?

There are no silent L's in the English language that do not modify the pronunciation/sound in any way.

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Re: Not easy

Now now, you shouldn't use such absolutes.

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Re: Not easy

"There are no silent L's in the English language that do not modify the pronunciation/sound in any way."

Calm down, you're half way to a heart attack. Take some soothing balm and maybe eat a bit of salmon.

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Re: Not easy

Do you understand what "modify the sound" means?

Stick your caming bam on your own samon

bam ≠ balm

cam != calm

same-on, say-mon or sah-mon the l is key to pronunciation.

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Re: Not easy

You're right, would that I could do that comment over again.

Would. Found one.

Wood = Would (wʊd)

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Re: Not easy

There are silent Ls, but ultimately, "sodering" sounds absolutely horrific, and I see no reason why anyone would say it.

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Re: Not easy

It was in a scouse accent in my head.

Scouse calm == regular folks' cam

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Boring

jake was making wires two atoms wide back in 1983.

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Re: Boring

...two atoms wide...

I think it's his brain that's two atoms wide.

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Kinda sexy

....wiggle there innit?

Or is it just me?

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Currently challenged

At three atoms thick, just how much current could it pass before destroying itself. Doesn't sound practical to me.

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Re: Currently challenged

I think it's a fair bet that this technology won't be used in step-down mains transformers.

Smaller gates = smaller current required to overcome depletion zone

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But being a bloke....

...he's bound to claim it was actually 7 atoms thick...

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Re: But being a bloke....

Well thats a tom and a Dick all we need now is Harry

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Re: But being a bloke....

I look forward to buying more Chinese automotive accessories now with even thinner wires

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Moore's law

Interesting how Moore's law stays alive every time we think it's reached its sell by date.

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Re: Moore's law

Typical Scientist its not so much his work that hes remembered for but an off the cuff remark

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yay!

"If you let your imagination go, you can envision tablets and television displays that are as thin as a sheet of paper that you can roll up and stuff in your pocket or purse."

just like my earphones! :D

*keeps the left earpiece in anyway to not look odd even though it hasn't made a sound in a week*

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and here is a reference!!

http://scaleofuniverse.com/

move slider to left, see the *smallest* thing in the universe :E

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