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August 7th, 2009
Parlaying local knowledge into the next big thing becomes tougher given the increasing complexity of today's scientific ventures, said Arthur, who explores the subject in a new book, "The Nature of Technology." Developing nanotechnology, for instance, requires collective willpower, industrial might and plenty of cash, as well as native expertise.
By many measures, Chicago has a long way to go.
Fragmented as ever, Chicago has plenty of bets, from nanotechnology and clean energy to biotech and material science. "We have some extraordinary assets," O'Connor said. "They haven't coalesced."
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