How to “Unboil” the Eggs

Written by Dr Klaus L E Kaiser

There is a novel device to come to your kitchen counter: the “Unboil-the-Egg” machine. This Vortex Fuidic Device: VFD can slice carbon nanotubes into precise length, when combined with water, a solvent and lasers.

What, you think you need that like a hole in your head? Even with the knowledge that “Professor Colin Raston from Adelaide’s Flinders University invented the vortex fluidic device (VFD) after a[n] eureka moment on a trans-Pacific flight?” nanotubes

I surmise that everyone needs at least one of those things, whatever they are. The good professor explains it in more detail: “the VFD can slice carbon nanotubes into precise length, when combined with water, a solvent and lasers”—no doubt, a revolutionary invention.

Nanotubes

As you well know, nanotubes and anything else “nano-“prefixed has been of great interest in recent times. So has everything else that’s getting smaller and/or more powerful. Just look at the miniaturizing of electronic storage capacity. In the 1970s, when I bought one of the first personal computers at the research institute where I worked, an external hard drive with 20 MEGA-B storage capacity cost $6,000. Now, you get 10 million times that storage capacity on a miniscule thumb drive for less than $10.

The nanotubes are just another modern invention. Basically, they are small, really small, i.e. molecule-sized tubes that have (at least potentially) a multitude of applications, from medicines to electronics. In this instance, the critical term is “vortex.”

Vortex

To me, the term “vortex” entails some unpleasant memories, like of past winters when we were in the “polar vortex.”Wiki describes a vortex as “…a region in a fluid in which the flow is rotating around an axis line, which may be straight or curved.” If that does not give you the willies, I don’t know what will.

Obviously, no vortex ought to be taken lightly, regardless of the kind! As Wiki explains further: “Vortices form in stirred fluids, and may be observed in phenomena such as smoke rings, whirlpools in the wake of boat, or the winds surrounding a tornado or dust devil.” Dust or no dust, vortices appear to be one of the devil’s inventions. And some certainly must be, like the tornados and hurricanes that ravage the earth from time to time. That’s when an unstoppable force meets you head-on.

Perhaps I’m just a bit paranoid here but if you can give me an example of a “good” vortex in nature I’d like to hear from you. Please note though, claims like about the “Sedona’s Energy Vortices” don’t count. But now more about the vortex fluidic device.

The Medical Xpress website calls it a ground-breaking device together with the statement “Professor Raston said the high-tech, yet simple device can be used in medical and pharmaceutical research along with a range of industries—all with a focus on cleaner, greener and cheaper production” and “This device creates a unique way to develop more sustainable and cost-effective products, services and technologies which can accelerate innovation in a range of industries, from drug manufacturing to food and biodiesel production.”

Vortex Fluidic Device

It sounds like the gadget is not only good for cutting nanotubes and other miniature materials but also for a host of other processes, like biodiesel generation or processing. Of course, the whole biofuel (including-diesel) idea is a grand step in the WRONG direction. Biofuel generation was an idea espoused by former Vice-President Al Gore who even admitted (much later) that it was just a (wrong) idea to capture some votes.

Perhaps it does not surprise you then that, despite the media attention given to it, there do not appear to be many readers (yet ?) of the most recent paper on the subject by the inventor and his coworkers that is available free in full at http://www.nature.com/articles/srep22865 .

Could it be that the media hype surrounding the invention is greater than its perceived usefulness?

As to unboiling the eggs: it’s more a figure of speech than reality—so your kitchen counter space is still safe—for a while.

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