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How - and why - would you build a machine 10,000 times thinner than a human hair? This album features experts discussing the paradigm shift that is occurring in science. Scientists are learning to manipulate atoms on the scale of a billionth of a metre and control them to perform specific tasks. They can emulate biological and chemical systems to fabricate machines that will destroy cancer cells in the body, giving us nano-drugs of the future; and IBM is using nano-technology for information storage on a molecular scale. There are many other applications which will have a significant impact on the way we live. This album also provides an introduction to quantum computing and quantum mechanics. The material forms part of The Open University course S250 Science in context.

The Next Big Thing: Nanotechnology - for iPod/iPhone The Open University

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How - and why - would you build a machine 10,000 times thinner than a human hair? This album features experts discussing the paradigm shift that is occurring in science. Scientists are learning to manipulate atoms on the scale of a billionth of a metre and control them to perform specific tasks. They can emulate biological and chemical systems to fabricate machines that will destroy cancer cells in the body, giving us nano-drugs of the future; and IBM is using nano-technology for information storage on a molecular scale. There are many other applications which will have a significant impact on the way we live. This album also provides an introduction to quantum computing and quantum mechanics. The material forms part of The Open University course S250 Science in context.

    The Next Big Thing: Nanotechnology

    The Next Big Thing: Nanotechnology

    A short introduction to this album.

    • 1 min
    Transcript -- The Next Big Thing: Nanotechnology

    Transcript -- The Next Big Thing: Nanotechnology

    A short introduction to this album.

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    The Next Big Thing

    The Next Big Thing

    Atomic scale engineering – facts and the fiction. A panel discussion chaired by Colin Blakemore.

    • 3 min
    Transcript -- The Next Big Thing

    Transcript -- The Next Big Thing

    Atomic scale engineering – facts and the fiction. A panel discussion chaired by Colin Blakemore.

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    The Future is Bright

    The Future is Bright

    The panel discuss the huge range of potential applications, from nano-computers to nano-devices to clean the body's arteries.

    • 2 min
    Transcript -- The Future is Bright

    Transcript -- The Future is Bright

    The panel discuss the huge range of potential applications, from nano-computers to nano-devices to clean the body's arteries.

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