You know nanotech has evolved into cultural icon status when Dave Barry decides to hold it up to public ridicule. In his latest column, he gives the carbon nanotube space elevator idea the full mock treatment.
Now, I don't mean to imply that Barry, the master of printed wit (I am not worthy even to carry his thesaurus), would ever sully his eyes by taking even a glance at my blog, but I'll flatter myself, anyway, to think that he might have read my post on explaining the nanoworld to a lay audience. Barry really breaks it down here:
- Their plan is to build it using "carbon nanotubes," which, in layperson's terms, are nanotubes made out of carbon.
More on the space elevator in this post from September.