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December 3rd, 2007

This dust is beyond magical: It's smart

Today, breakthroughs in nanotechnology have researchers envisioning all kinds of potential uses for the tiny powerhouses: surveillance, tracking items and people, detecting dangerous chemicals in air and water, diagnosing and treating diseases and a vast range of other applications.

"Work on these tiny sensors and smart electronic devices with computer processing capability and the capability to communicate is all starting to come together," said Michael Sailor, a leading nanotechnology researcher at the University of California, San Diego.

Driving smart dust's migration from science fiction to science fact is the confluence of the original smart dust idea, which envisioned particles that could be measured in millimeters, and nanotechnology, which deals in far smaller sizes down to the molecular level.


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