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Nanotechnology ‘Coming to F1’

A recent report in the American journal Science says that advances in nanotechnology could lead to its introduction in Formula One in the near future.

Nanotechnology is the science of engineering materials with the properties of strength, lightness and electrical conductivity at the molecular, or nanometer, scale. According to Science the technology could be used to create artificial muscles, superstrong electric cars and wallpaper-thin electronics..

Scientists from the University of Texas and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization have reported the creation of industry-ready sheets of materials made from nanotubes -tiny carbon tubes with remarkable strength that are only a few times wider than atoms – that can also act as the semiconductors found in modern electronics.

The new material is self-supporting, transparent and stronger than steel or high-strength plastics, the sheets are flexible and can be heated to emit light. In laboratory tests, the sheets demonstrated solar cell capabilities, using sunlight to produce electricity.

One future application that scientists have discussed is the creation of racecars with stronger, lighter bodies that could also serve as batteries. Andrew Barron, a chemist at of Rice University in Houston. TX said, "We could see this on Formula 1 (racing) cars by next season. This is a jumping-off point for a technology a lot of people will pursue."

(Sources: Science, USA Today) [from here]

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pickwick
Aug. 26th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
Er...F1 will be exciting and fun?

Seriously, F1 will put a crapload of money into it, and get the technology going in a practical sense, and then it'll get cheaper and people will be able to do good things with it.
spiderpixie
Aug. 27th, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
if I believed, for one single minute, that good things would come of it and it wouldn't somehow end up being used in bad ways, maybe, just maybe it would be cool.
pickwick
Aug. 27th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
It will be used in bad ways, but it'll be used in good ways too.

The new material is self-supporting, transparent and stronger than steel or high-strength plastics, the sheets are flexible and can be heated to emit light. In laboratory tests, the sheets demonstrated solar cell capabilities, using sunlight to produce electricity. That bit sounds good, huh? Renewable energy and all that?
spiderpixie
Aug. 27th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
yeah I know I just don't trust them not to make some kind of bizarre weapon with it....but I guess if they're gonna muck about with that sort of thing may as well do something fun with it! All the same lighter F1 cars that can power themselves? how will they keep them on the ground??? ;0)
spiderpixie
Aug. 27th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
And I've got to admit that I really have to learn to seperate NANO from NANOBOT. I think nanobots are bad, dont trust nuffin me.
simreeve
Aug. 26th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
I wonder whether this material would suffice for the 'beanstalk'?
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