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Well, why don't you marry graphene?



March 23, 2012 – Comments (9)

Edited scene from Arrested Development:

(George Sr. and Michael in prison)

George Sr.: I am having a love affair with this ice cream sandwich. Want some? Wanna bite?
Michael: Please ....
George Sr.: Take a bite.
Michael: Please ...
George Sr.: Come on take a bite.
Michael: The SEC has completely locked up our funds. These guys aren't messing around.
Gaurd: No touching!
Michael: So I need you to tell me, were you taking vacations in this jet? Is that what you're hiding from me?
George Sr.: I haven't taken a vacation in years. This is my vacation. I'm exercising. I'm sleeping well.
Michael: You're doing time.
George Sr.: I'm doing the time of my life!

... (later in episode) ...

(Micheal enters apartment, Lucille on phone)

Lucille: Then why don't you marry an ice cream sandwich? I've got to go. (hangs up).
Michael: Who was that? Was that Dad?
Lucille: That was Gob.
Michael: Uh huh. So Mom. I'm trying to find --
(Lucille and Michael speak simultaneously)
Michael: These flight records.
Lucille: I don't know where they are.
Michael: You know, it's really more believeable if you let me finish.

.... So now if you substitute in binve for George Sr. and graphene for ice cream sandwich and Michael for the rest of the Caps community that I am boring with all these graphene posts, then you have a compelling analogy.

But I can't help it, graphene is just so cool


Graphene and DNA: 'Wonder material' may hold key to fast, inexpensive genetic sequencing

Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery.

Now, researchers at the University of Delaware have conducted high-performance computer modeling to investigate a new approach for ultrafast DNA sequencing based on tiny holes, called nanopores, drilled into a sheet of graphene.

"Graphene is a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb pattern" Branislav Nikolic, associate professor of physics and astronomy, said. "The mechanical stability of graphene makes it possible to use an electron beam to sculpt a nanopore in a suspended sheet of graphene, as demonstrated in 2008 by Marija Drndić at the University of Pennsylvania.”

Graphene has been among the fastest-growing areas of study in nanoscience and technology over the past five years, Nikolic said. He calls it a wonder material that has remarkable mechanical, electronic and optical properties and is being investigated for a variety of applications as diverse as plastic packaging and next-generation gigahertz transistors.

In the sequencing that he and other physicists have proposed, a tiny hole a few nanometers in diameter is drilled into a sheet of graphene and DNA is threaded through that nanopore. Then, a current of ions flowing vertically through the pore or an electronic current flowing transversely through the graphene is used to detect the presence of different DNA bases within the nanopore.

“Since graphene is only one atom thick, the nanopore through which DNA is threaded has contact with only a single DNA base,” Nikolic said.

In 2010, three experimental teams—led by Jene Golovchenko of Harvard, Cees Dekker of Delft and Drndić—demonstrated DNA detection using nanopores in large-area graphene. However, Nikolic said, the process moved too quickly for the existing electronics to detect single DNA bases.

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On March 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM, constructive (99.97) wrote:

Maeby: "What, so we can make out every night?

George Michael: "Does that not work with your schedule?"

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#2) On March 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:


George Michael: Oh, you... Yeah, I’m gonna, um, (Clears throat.) I’m gonna stay out here and, uh, and watch that famous Reno sunset.

Maeby: Isn’t it behind you?

George Michael: There’s... Yeah, but there’s mirrors. It’ll actually look closer...


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#3) On March 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM, constructive (99.97) wrote:

Steve Holt: "I won't forget this... Dad."

[Steve exits, music swells, GOB roofies himself]

GOB: "I will... I will."

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#4) On March 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

GOB: "Well, I will tell you this, Michael. I don't have a son--"

Narrator: He does.

GOB: "But if I ever do, I'm either going to take him to the cabin in the woods, or I'm going to promise to take him and then not take him. But the one thing that I will never do is not tell him that I'm taking him to a cabin in the woods, and then not take him!"

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#5) On March 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM, rofgile (99.39) wrote:


 Are you a physics person, do you do research in graphene?

 If not, why don't you...?  You sound like you have a real passion for this science.


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#6) On March 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

Hey Rof,

I am a mechanical engineer working in the aerospace industry. But I have been following the graphene story for many years and there have been several recent breakthoughs in potential applications and it is very exciting. All of the major technological revolutions over the past 100 years have been led by breakthoughs in materials science (aluminum and titanium reseach for aviation, silicon and other semiconductors for integrated circuits, all kinds of new materials had to be developed for the space program in the 60s, carbon fiber / graphite fiber for modern aviation and high performance vehicles, etc.). I think graphehe is no different and the versatility of this material will spawn new applications and likely new industires within a decade. Likely many of them will be investable.

As such, I am just publicly keeping tabs on the incredible developments.

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#7) On March 25, 2012 at 9:12 PM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:


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#8) On March 28, 2012 at 6:28 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

Hey Starfire,

Yes, with the Arrested Development quotes, the beginning of the 3rd season took place in Reno.

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#9) On March 29, 2012 at 1:12 AM, Starfirenv (< 20) wrote:

well, if  there's any Q's about Reno... I'm in the Islands of Bz for another 40 days but ask away. I know that town pretty good

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