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The science of the tiny

Nanotechnology-science that operates at the molecular level- has been threatening to become the "next big thing" for several years. But now it really is set to take off and products deriving from it will soon be changing everyday life

By Michael Gross   November 2002

Nanotechnoogy used to be a playground for speculation and science fiction. It is now one of the most exciting research fields in contemporary science. It is true that nanotechnology has been heralded as the “next big thing” for years and the excitement surrounding it certainly increased after the dotcom bubble burst and people started looking for another wonder technology. Nevertheless, despite the hype, big strides have been taken and more are imminent.

Nanotechnology is an umbrella term for approaches from different scientific disciplines which share the defining element of operating within the very small world of molecules, where distances are…

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