Introduction to Nanoscience


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by Alan Alda


In the 21st century, scientists will not only use molecules as building blocks for creating vital new technologies, but possibly as the basis for dramatic new medical treatments and even creating synthetic life. (Running time: 5:59.)

According to some accounts the impact of nanoscience and nanotechnology won’t really be felt for decades; others point out that it has reached the marketplace already.


Frontiers in Nanoscience


A transistor made from a single carbon nanotube (blue). (Courtesy of Cees Dekker, Delft University of Technology)Nanoscience and nanotechnology have captured the public imagination, but they are desperately hard to pin down. They seem to embrace everything from biomedicine to rocket science and computer technology. Some futurologists forecast that nanotechnology could bring doom to humankind, while others that it could be our savior. According to some accounts its impact won’t really be felt for decades; others point out that it has reached the marketplace already. In movies and novels such as Spiderman II and Prey, nanotechnology serves as a deus ex machina for whatever technological plot device is required, in contrast to which the commonly known consumer applications that today boast of their use of nanotech seem almost bathetic: sun creams and stain-resistant trousers.


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