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Topic: 20 years later...

From: patrick
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Date: 05/02/2007

Perhaps the precursor to 'blood music':

http://www.physorg.com/news96801308.html

Re: 20 years later...

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/03/2007

Interesting piece! Though it still amuses me when engineers discover just how amazing cells are. And it shouldn't surprise us that biology still far exceeds anything accomplished in micro-scale engineering. I've always used proteins as a proof-of-concept for nanotechnology.

Re: 20 years later...

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 05/03/2007

Well, you always have engineering folk who are more interested in non-organic devices:

http://physicsweb.org/articles/news/11/5/4/1

Re: 20 years later...

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/04/2007

True--but at that level of miniaturization, there's nothing like organic chemistry. Silicon/metal can't compete. Now--artificial proteins, or hardy protein-like substances that haven't been invented yet... that would be interesting.

Re: 20 years later...

From: patrick
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Date: 05/04/2007

Undoubtedly. Actually, I was thinking about just that, last night. I have a tendency to favor the idea of organic devices...but I'm not against any kind of substance developing into a self-conscious entity.

Re: 20 years later...

From: Howard E. Miller
Location: Augusta, GA
Date: 05/25/2007

I often think of nanotechnology as kind of a transition technology. To make nanoscale devices, why not do what we always have done ... duplicate what nature has already discovered.

Re: 20 years later...

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/28/2007

It's certainly an excellent place to begin!

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