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1993-01. Apr 93 Vol 242 Iss 4. Why Scientists are Thinking Small. PS. P 71-77physicist Mark Reed from Yale University, Richard Feynman- California Institute of Technology physicist, Eric Drexler, James Murday - chemist at Naval Research Laboratory, Don Eigler- Physicist at IBM's Almaden research center, Richard Smalley"to date, the most intense research efforts in nanotechnology have been focused on devising atomic and molecular-scale computers or computer components." (71-77)biggest nanotech accomplishment is STM (Scanning Tunelling Microscope) Build-time issue: even though they were able to create the IBM icon with atoms, it took 35 hours to do that "But because positioning the STM is a painfully slow process, as Eigler admitted at a recent nanotechnology conference in Tokyo, doing something like this 'would take the age of the universe'" (71-77) -referring to creating a copy of an encyclopediabuckyball- most important chemical find in years, 64-atom molecule could be useful for capacitors and other electronic componentscomputers, air pollution, stronger thinner materials"the field that Feynman proposed - trying to devise computers and other machines with components not bigger than atoms or molecules - has become one of the hottest frontiers of scientific research. IBM and virtually every other major computer company are pursuing the subject" regardless of whether this is true or not, it sounds like the author is trying to hype up this 'product,' nanotechnology." (71-77)
1993-02. May 93 Vol 242 Iss 5. Molecular Marvels. PS. P. 91-96Eric Drexler - Stanford University researcher, Palo Alto think tank- Foresight Institute, AT&T chemist Louis Brus, Fraser Stoddart at the University of Birmingham in England, Research Institute of Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA, Ralph Merkle of Xerox's Palo Alto Research center"To do this, many researchers are looking to proteins. Why proteins? Just imagine the incredible range of functions proteins perform in the body... If we could tailor these marvelous nanomachines to our needs, they could be ideal for a score of applications especially microscopic devices for repairing damaged organs or environmental cleanup." (91-96)using proteins to help in creating nanodevices.-use diamond (hard tough and conducts heat well ) as material f to make mechanical structures stronger (protein is soft and mushy) -Merkle 'planning' for nanotech - created computer model of circular bearing five nanometers wide containing 2808 atoms global wealth, environment, industry (molecular manufacturing) "Nanotech [promises] a replacement for industry as we know it; a sustainable basis for global wealth; and an opportunity to roll back environmental crises." (91-96) - Eric Drexler "Many researchers - even some working in fields related to nanotechnoloy - say Drexler's predictions are too speculative to be scientifically meaning[ful]" (91-96)
1993-03. Goodman, H. 7/4/93. A sanctuary lit by brainpower string theory? This is not your father's think tank. Philadelphia Inquirer. P. B01.Edward Witten, a theoretical physicist at Institute for Advanced Study; Institute for Scientific Information.there are no computers in the institute, they all just think up ideas and use blackboardsWitten's goal is to find a theory that explains all the forces of nature from subatomic particles to galaxies.200 of world's smartest people work at the institutestring theory, quantum mechanics"In the 1920's…no one quite saw the value of quantum mechanics…But that gave us semiconductors, the laser, magnetic resonance imagery, nanotechnology" (B01)
1993-04. Aug 93 Vol 243 Iss 2. The Elecrtric Eye. PS. P 60-64.Duke U's Eye Center, Dr. Eugene de Jaun of Duke U, Dr. Mark Humayun-resident opthalmology at Duke, Dr. Roy Propst-professor of biomedical engineering at UNC@Chapel Hill, Dr. Howard Phillips of Semiconductor Research Corp. in Research Triangle Park.does not say exactly how nanotech will work into it, just that it will be used to insert the visual array into the eyenanotech is used to insert a folded up 14x14 pixel visual array into the patient's eye through a tube, and then it is unfolded once in place-0 pixels = total blindness, 1 pixel = light or dark visual field, 4 px = light, dark, motion, orientation, 64 px = identify letters, 256 px = able to read, 1024 = to form a low-grade fuzzy image, 1 million = perfect visionbiotech, opthalmology, medical researchnanotech is seen as a solution to the problem even though they do not specify how it will work, or how nanotech really applies. It is almost as if they just say that the solution is nanotech and expect people to accept that because it is an elite science.
1993-05 Chandler, D. 9/6/93. Buckyball Family is Growing. Boston Globe. P. 33Scientists and researchers, Chemist Fred Wudl Harold Kroto of the University of Sussex in England Yi-Han Kao-chemist at the University of Buffalo Martin Saunders-chemist at Yale University Chemist Martin Jarroldtest tubes buckyballs "may make the strongest fibers ever discovered,high-tech composites…" (33) "..discovered a buckyball-based superconductor that works at a much higher temperature than any previous carbon-based material.." (33)"The tiny atomic balls fit perfectly inside a natural basket in the HIV virus that causes AIDS. They fit so snugly that they effectively clog up a part of the virus that is essential to its reproduction." (33) other researchers are concentrating on putting things inside buckyballs, using them as atom-sized containers - the world's tiniest bottles"The tiny fibers, a billionth of a meter across, could eventually form the basis for ultrastrong and ultrahard materials that are increasingly sought after for high-tech applications." (33)