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Carbon nanotube wires to replace copper wiring

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September 9, 2011 3:22:24 AM

Found this article, Pretty interesting stuff. As long as they can make it cheap enough I don't see why they couldn't use this to completely replace copper in all wiring systems even computers. Although personally I would love to see diamond based circuits since they transfer heat almost instantaneously, but I doubt they will get those down to a cheap enough level manufacturing wise.

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September 9, 2011 9:59:44 AM

vigilante212 said:
Found this article, Pretty interesting stuff. As long as they can make it cheap enough I don't see why they couldn't use this to completely replace copper in all wiring systems even computers. Although personally I would love to see diamond based circuits since they transfer heat almost instantaneously, but I doubt they will get those down to a cheap enough level manufacturing wise.

http://www.media.rice.edu/media/NewsBot.asp?MODE=VIEW&I...


They're gonna have to because copper will run out in a few decades, after which mining will shift from mines to garbage dumps and prices will skyrocket. I'm surprised you never hear that on the news, instead of all the fake scare stories they could do a real one about copper shortages.
September 9, 2011 10:52:45 AM

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September 9, 2011 4:36:11 PM

Carbon nanotubes, graphene and diamond put them all together and make one hell of a sweet machine :) 
September 11, 2011 2:09:01 PM

We have tons of copper left ... plus recycling all of the old Pentium 4 hsf's will keep us going for hundreds of years.

Yes ... I went there ... sorry !!

:) 
September 11, 2011 2:18:11 PM

Reynod said:
We have tons of copper left ... plus recycling all of the old Pentium 4 hsf's will keep us going for hundreds of years.

Yes ... I went there ... sorry !!

:) 


Yeah recycling can make a difference here (hence the garbage dump mining I mentioned), but recycling is for leftist, socialist treehuggers and requires the evil government to pass regulations...
September 12, 2011 9:02:32 AM

No it doesn't. All recycling programs need to do is become economically feasible. It doesn't require any government involvement.
September 12, 2011 11:38:00 AM

jsc said:
No it doesn't. All recycling programs need to do is become economically feasible. It doesn't require any government involvement.


The cheapest way to recycle metals from garbage is to burn the garbage until only metals and ash is left. So let's do it, right?

WRONG: the aforementioned process is devastating to the environment and public health. So the government has to pass regulations to force recycling companies to use more expensive but less devastating methods. Also, this assumes garbage containing precious metals is currently being stored (not diluted) and its location registered, this also requires government regulation because doing things properly is not the most profitable way and therefore garbage companies won't do it unless they are forced to.
September 12, 2011 12:39:57 PM

But we can fit large electrostatic precipatators and other clean methods for minimising toxic material being released.

Higher temperature furnaces are more efficient ... perhaps high energy solar furnaces placed in the desert areas ... remembers some James Bond movie ??

Also, sorting is an important part of the process ...

September 12, 2011 1:26:47 PM

Recycling would be alot easier if the jerks at the trash collection companies didn't chare me to recycle in the first place. Where is my incentive to take my time and sort stuff into bins and then pay them money so they can make money recycling.

Last time I checked I was doing them a favor. I do bring all of my cardboard to work for recycling as we have a dumpster for it.

The same happens for electronics. Bring your systems in and we will recycle. You pay us and everything is happy. Not really. In order to recover copper and other metals I'll drop my stuff off and you recycle it or else it goes in the trash.
September 12, 2011 1:53:50 PM

Thats so cool.... not for me thou, since in spain they just dont care about tecnology since they can bleed you dry with crap internet anyway.
September 12, 2011 7:23:40 PM

Dont turn my thread into a damn recycling vs non recycling thread.
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