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Nanoelectromechanical systems begin to flex their muscles.
Minuscule “smart bombs” that find cancer cells, kill them with the help of lasers and report the kills. Sound crazy? Guess again. That treatment scenario may be less than a decade away.
After a decade of calculations, the first wave of materials designed from scratch on the computer are ready to be made and tested. On the horizon: new substrates for optics and electronics.
To his followers, K. Eric Drexler is the prophet of nanotechnology. Will he be left behind by the rapidly developing reality of nanoscience?
Shrinking computer chips have propelled the information revolution. But chip makers are approaching unknown territory.