Today's strip is in reference to the cracked-screen problems of the recently unveiled Apple iPod nano. The day after I drew this, Apple acknowledged the problem as a supplier fault and pledged to replace iPods with cracked screens.
The punchline refers to UTD's nanotechnology program, the NanoTech Institute. They had just achieved a major breakthrough which I covered in a story for the paper. It was a wonderful experience - I got to have lunch with the scientists as they pondered new procedures right in front of me, and I was taken to the clean room (in a bunny suit) to photograph their proof-of-concept prototype.