Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Must Be an MIT Thing?

I have my bloglines set to give me headlines for news happening in Cambridge. It keeps me aware of some interesting things. But every once and a while I have no idea what they're talking about. Take one of today's headlines:

Synthesis and optical properties of well aligned ZnO nanorods on GaN by hydrothermal synthesis


Huh?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Tom Mohan said...

I think it somehow relates to anisotropic growth kinetically controlled by supersaturation or through the use of an appropriate capping reagent.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

Tom,

Thanks for making things so clear!

Have a blessed Christmas!

1:28 AM  
Blogger angelmeg said...

It's an engineer thing Mark. They are a breed unto themselves. You get to the point where you can play name that engineer. It usually only takes two or three sentences before they give themselves away and they can be talking about any subject.

For instance my Theology professor: I asked him after less than an hour of class if he had ever aspired to be an engineer. He replied that his undergrad degree was actually in engineering and why did I ask. I answered that I had lived with an engineer for over 20 years and was familiar with the species. You can train the enginner to be a theologian, but deep down he is still an engineer at the celular level.

Try living with one.

Maggie

7:50 AM  
Blogger mamagiglio said...

sounds like someone published his dissertation!

10:29 AM  
Blogger DilexitPrior said...

Sounds a little over my head too...

I agree with the engineer breed. My dad did engineering and then went into medicine but he's definitely an engineer at heart. No sane father delights at their children's calculus textbooks and thrills himself in spending hours carefully calculating the precise volume of filler necessary to level out the floor when laying new floors. You can't take the engineer out of them.

11:28 AM  

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