> On Sun, 15 July 2001, Natasha Vita-More wrote:
> > Can you give us a brief recap of the story?
The Next Small Thing
Forbes, July 23, 2001
Scientists are re-creating our world in the realm of the intensely tiny. The
potential payoff: denser hard drives, smaller chips, better medicine.
Top research organizations within large companies and renowned universities
are inventing the future: electronics as cheap and plentiful as bar codes on
packaging; lightweight vests enmeshed with sensors could measure a person's
vital signs; analysis of a patient's DNA could be done so quickly and
precisely that designer drugs could be fabricated on the fly; a computer the
size of your library card could store everything you ever saw or said.
Current nanotech research includes:
* IBM: scanning tunneling microscope and "millipede" storage system, which
will record more than 400 gigabits of data per sq. in.
* Harvard University: self-assembling 3-D circuit
* University of Texas: protein-controlled semiconductor growth
* Cornell University: lithography to separate DNA fragments and detect
whether food is spoiled
* Hewlett-Packard: Carbon nanotubes to create computer chips
* UCLA: chips built from organic molecules
* Yale: self-assembling memory devices, leading to memory so cheap that
people will throw away electronics the way they do packaging
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