The world is serendipitous, for those who explore it sideways, that is. Two of them explorers are Dr Richard Wool of University of Delaware and Erman Senöz. One fine day, Dr Wool (is his name a great nominative determinism, or what) unplucked a chicken, threw away the meat and kept the feathers. He then cooked the feathers at 400 degrees and out came noodles of fine carbon nanotubes which can be used to make great many technological marvels a reality. The Economist has all the nuggets.