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1260Re: [nanotech] Y-junction Nanotubes

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  • Ed Minchau
    Nov 10, 2000
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      In Scientific American's Mathematical Games column, April of I can't remember which year, they presented an April Fool's joke about the island of Apraphul. On the island they had constructed a computer of ropes, pulleys, and levers - a purely mechanical computer. They also presented designs for various logic gates (NAND, NOR, etc).

      On the macroscale, the Apraphul computer was ludicrous; friction would grind such a computer to a halt. But, how about on the nanoscale? A bit could be represented by say a nanotube, and the state of the bit could be encoded in the orientation of the tube in space with respect to some arbitrary reference.

      :) ed


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