New technique to videotape individual carbon nanotubes
In June 2006, Rice University scientists published the first results of a new technique to videotape individual carbon nanotubes. This video was created with standard optical microscopes and video cameras. The nanotubes - tiny cylinders of carbon no wider than a strand of DNA - were filmed in a droplet of soapy water trapped between two glass slides. They are visible because of a fluorescent dye trapped in the soap molecule surrounding each nanotube.