NETWATCH: The Nano Beat

Science  02 Mar 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5816, pp. 1199c
DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5816.1199c

This new series of podcasts from the Exploratorium in San Francisco, California, is definitely for the small-minded. Small Talk offers monthly programs on the present and promise of nanotechnology for a general audience. Hosted by a physicist and a science writer, the shows feature conversations with scientists, artists, and other nano nabobs.

Already on the record is IBM researcher Donald Eigler, who in 1989 became the first person to manipulate individual atoms, arranging them to spell out “IBM.” And chemist James Tour of Rice University in Houston, Texas, chats about the nanocars and other minute vehicles his team has designed. No wider than a strand of DNA, the machines might be able to truck around atoms during, for example, the manufacture of computer chips. The podcasts will run at least through May, with future programs delving into nanotech products already on the market, nanomedicine, and other topics.

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