] Leading experts are meeting this week to take a longing
] look at the idea of a space elevator. The idea is a
] stretch, no doubt, with plenty of work to do before
] travelers have push-button, top floor access to space.
[ I've wanted to see one of these since the first time i happened across one in a scifi novel, when i was maybe 12. Even then, it was obvious that we'd never see it with conventional tech, concrete, steel, etc. But that was before nanotubes. As the article states, there's a lot to do, and some serious tech advancments needed, but the payoff is absolutely enormous. Here's to the diamond age. -k]