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Posted Monday, December 10, 2007

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Once upon a time, science fiction authors imagined a future in which microscopic machines could repair our bodies at the cellular level. Today, real life scientists believe it may one day be reality. Monday on the Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with local scientists about the latest developments in nanotechnology-the ability to build big things out of little things - really little. Less than 500 times smaller than a human hair. It's a nano-world after all, Monday at nine, on 90.3. Photo: This housefly is sporting a pair of two-millimeter-wide eyeglasses, engineered with fast-pulse laser technology. Photo courtesy of Micreon GmbH



Alexis Abramson, Assistant Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University & Vice President, Technology Innovation Commercialization and Nanotechnology, NorTech
Steven J. Eppell, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

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All about nanotechnology
A short history of nanotechnology
Richard Feynman's speech in 1959 introducing the concept of nanotechnology for the first time at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Take a look at a buckyball and a carbon nanotube and learn about the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 and the promise these little tubes hold
IBM logo spelled out in single atoms
According to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies there are hundreds of products that utilize nanotechnology already in use.

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