Saturday, March 25, 2006

Nanoscience guru's visions of tiny tech's future

'The year Greta Garbo died of kidney failure—1990—was when Ted Sargent decided to become a nanotechnologist. He fantasized about rebuilding the dreamy actress from the atom up. Sixteen years later the now-32-year-old Sargent is being touted as the "Stephen Hawking of the nano world," referring to the field of science that deals with the very small. Creating another Garbo may still be on his to-do list, but so far Sargent's research breakthroughs have been anything but tiny. The University of Toronto professor has invented an optical switch that could make the Internet a hundred times faster than it is today and developed spray-on solar-power cells that may one day run our cars and homes...' More


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