The Incredible Shrinking Man

It was a clear sign that the world’s smallest technology had hit the big time. At the Department of Energy’s NanoSummit, held in June in Washington, DC, energy secretary Spencer Abraham gave the opening speech before an array of scientists from universities, industry, and national labs. Former chief arms control negotiator Paul Robinson spoke at a luncheon. The closing address was delivered by Richard Smalley, the Rice University chemist who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize for discovering Buckminsterfullerene, a soccer ball-shaped carbon molecule, and its permutations, known as fullerenes. In between, luminaries from the increasingly glamorous world of nanotechnology outlined the fledgling discipline’s future.
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The Incredible Shrinking Man