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I just read about a discovery that is begging to be used in half-baked recipes: carbon nanotubes apparently ignite when exposed to a photo flash (see link)
I'm thinking of clothing whose portions catch on fire in pre-determined patterns when photographed with a flash (with a fire-proof backing, of
course), or items of clothing that fall apart in creatively mischievous ways -- mostly for the intent of startling/scaring the photographer.
(This could also be a good stage effect: model enters the catwalk in fur coat held together by somewhat concealed nanotube thread -- only one photographer gets a picture before it falls apart to reveal an evening gown, etc.)
I leave the rest to the bakery's fertile (and hopefully G-rated) imagination
Flash-induced nanotube ignition
They apparently make a loud noise and start on fire upon being photographed with a flash [cowtamer, Jan 07 2011]
||This could certainly put a damper on my nanotube ring maille armor idea...
||...and the space elevator.
||...and my graphene-enclosed vacuum blimp
||I wonder if double-walled nanotubes behave in this same manner?