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Making Stuff: Smaller

David Pogue hosts a four-part special series exploring the materials that will shape our future.

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(This program is no longer available for streaming.) How small can we go? Could we one day have robots taking "fantastic voyages" in our bodies to kill rogue cells? The triumphs of tiny are seen all around us in the Information Age: transistors, microchips, laptops, cell phones. Now, David Pogue takes NOVA viewers to an even smaller world in "Making Stuff: Smaller," examining the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives.

The other programs in the "Making Stuff" series are "Stronger," "Cleaner," and "Smarter."


"Making Stuff" is produced in cooperation with the Materials Research Society (MRS), an international organization of nearly 16,000 materials researchers from academia, industry, and government, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life.

 


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Major funding for "Making Stuff" is provided by the National Science Foundation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESI-0610307. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Additional funding for "Making Stuff" is provided by the Department of Energy.

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