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Magazine Ranks Two UTD Discoveries Among Top 100 Science Stories of 2005

Two scientific discoveries at The University of Texas at Dallas last year were ranked among the top 100 science stories of 2005 in Discover magazine.

The development of carbon nanotube sheets and the discovery of a mysterious new subatomic particle are ranked the eighth and 70th science stories of 2005, respectively, in the January 2006 issue of Discover magazine.

In its annual special report, the science and technology magazine described 2005 as “surely the most remarkable year in science ever,” and reflected on stories that “changed our world forever.”

At No. 8 is regarding the UTD-led research team Producing carbon nanotube sheets. UTD’s Dr. Ray Baughman, and his colleagues, with the help of Australian wool spinners, found a way to weave carbon nanotubes – microscopic bits of string – into usefully large materials, producing transparent sheets allowing them to exploit their remarkable properties.

The other UTD-related discovery, that of a new subatomic particle, ranked No. 70 of Discover’s top 100 science stories of 2005. Discovery of the particle, dubbed Y (4260), was disclosed in July. Read more about UTD High Enerty Physicists Behind Discovery of Mysterious Particle.

  • Updated: December 19, 2007