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Re: Sea sponge builds a better glass fiber
From: David Diaz <techlist () smoton net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 12:47:28 -0400

Yea I saw that yesterday. Wasnt sure that was nanog material. But the most interesting fact left out on this summery was the ability to "dope" the fiber with elements like sodium. It seems the little creatures can do things naturally that was havent a clue how to do in the lab.

Also they seem to have absolute QoS and zero packet loss ;-)  </sugarRush>


At 9:11 -0700 8/21/03, Eric Kuhnke wrote:

Associated Press

Scientists say they have identified an ocean sponge living in the darkness of the deep sea that grows thin glass fibers capable of transmitting light at least as well as industrial fiber optic cables used for telecommunication. The natural glass fibers also are much more flexible than manufactured fiber optic cable that can crack if bent too far. "YOU CAN ACTUALLY tie a knot in these natural biological fibers and they will not break -- it's really quite amazing," said Joanna Aizenberg, who led the research at Bell Laboratories.

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