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Old December 19th, 2005, 02:12 PM
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Not exactly bullet proof but neat stuff none the less:
http://www.physorg.com/news7435.html
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Sounds more like it's what gets laid over Traveller space ship hulls what with the heat dispersion properties as super radiator elements, electrical conductivity and high current capacity for the jump grid and static discharge from atmosphere, and with a little black box and programming you get the chameleon/display ability. And inherent in the structure is a minimal armor level to protect you from minor space collisions with dust and such. Hey it even has properties that lend itself to signal suppresion, so ships are harder to detect.
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Or what players stuff in their shirts before trying to shoot their way out of the Ministry of Information substation on Backwater (0304).
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Kinda vague on what "buckypaper" is, though. It sounds like a thin felt of carbon nanotubes.
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Or what players stuff in their shirts before trying to shoot their way out of the Ministry of Information substation on Backwater (0304).
[img]smile.gif[/img] Would the Ministry of Information use this stuff? It doesn't seem like you could shred it should the need arise, purely for document management reasons of course.

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Kinda vague on what "buckypaper" is, though. It sounds like a thin felt of carbon nanotubes.
They mention they have some patents, there may be some more information on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office site.
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Ummm, how would this product shield aircraft "electromagnetic signatures" which can be picked up by radar? This starts to sound like wishful thinking. Otherwise, it sounds a lot like OED - Organic Emitting Diode (?) - basically electronic newspaper.

Nanotubes may be the next big thing, but this article makes the research sounds more like a Philosopher's Stone....
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Ummm, how would this product shield aircraft "electromagnetic signatures" which can be picked up by radar?
Well since we don't really know how the coating on stealth aircraft work, or if we do we shouldn't speculate on it, I'd give them this one.

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Otherwise, it sounds a lot like OED - Organic Emitting Diode (?) - basically electronic newspaper.
Electronic newspaper anyone:
http://www.eink.com/

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Nanotubes may be the next big thing, but this article makes the research sounds more like a Philosopher's Stone....
It is a very rah-rah article, from the by-line it's probably from FSUs tech transfer or PR department.

Since I'm feeling "flexible" and full of "power":
http://www.konarka.com/
to keep with the "flexible" theme of buckypaper and E Ink.
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This 'buckypaper' appears to actually be large sheets of crystalline graphite. Graphite has a two dimensional crystal structure, with very weak links between the layers, but very strong links across the layers; this is why graphite flakes. It is also a strong heat conductor and moderate electric conductor along the layers, weak between layers.

Stealth coatings work by absorbing radio waves, rather than reflecting them.
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Well, Ptah, "e-mag signatures" are not really picked up by radar - unless you are talking one radar picking up another radar signal (a useable detection method). Of course, if you "shield" that radar signal, it doesn't do you any good, since radar has to be transmitted to accomplish anything. If they meant "reduce its radar signature", then they should have said that - not something entirely different.

Yeah, very rah-rah. If it was in a sci-fi story, I wouldn't have any problem with it (ok, maybe the shielding bit). But, that wouldn't be reporting or scientific literature - that would be fiction. Could be really cool (and maybe beyond what we already know about nanotubes, etc.), but the article, itself, sucks.
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Anthony, do you have any proof of that? The article specifically mentions carbon nanotubes.

The characteristics of graphite are very well known. OTOH, carbon nanotubes are superconductors which would account for many of the extraordinary properties claimed for Buckypaper.
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