Natural glass

日期:2019-03-03 09:16:01 作者:寇夕岘 阅读:

By Philip Cohen NANOTECHNOLOGY might be a multibillion-dollar industry in the making, but you’d never know it from a visit to Mark Hildebrand’s lab. His workers churn out elaborate microscopic structures for a salary that adds new meaning to the term “minimum wage”. “To get billions of them working costs about a dollar,” says Hildebrand. The workers in his lab at the University of California in San Diego are diatoms – microscopic, single-celled algae that are well known for their beautiful and elaborate glass shells. Hildebrand isn’t interested in their aesthetic merits,