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OK, I got a few explainers of what the UCSD engineers were talking about in the MonDiego Tube.

But I got some that were more complicated than what the engineers were saying. So, here’s the winner of the travel mug: Craig Benedetto, the political and public relations consultant who sometimes hosts Café San Diego.

Not that I’m an expert, but nano-technology has been lauded as the next step in the incredible shrinking machine that modern technology has become. For example, if the conductivity of the nano tubes can be used for flat panel displays, you can significantly increase the dots per inch and therefore the sharpness of television pictures. If you’ve ever watched a high-definition broadcast on a low-DPI TV, you can see the digital “particles” almost like big blocks, which diminishes the viewing experience.

Other practical applications potentially could include smaller chips for computers with faster, more powerful processing capacity. This would also have the collateral advantage of providing smaller, faster processing circuits, chips, etc. for mobile phones, PDA’s, MP3 players, household appliances, etc.

It’s incredible what these people are coming up with and the practical application of their creations is limitless. I think the Los Angeles Times had a piece in today’s paper talking about technology advances and the application to kids toys (I just bought a simple computer based product for my godson for $30 that will help him learn his alphabet and numbers – pretty cool).

SCOTT LEWIS

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