from the wouldn't-that-be-nice dept.
Bruce Hollebone writes "Last
week, chemists at the University of Rochester reported they
had figured out how to get optical plastics to self-assemble
from Science,requires login.
summary from ABC News). This material could be an
important step towards better photonics, including an optical
computer. This is real nano-tech, with precise molecular control.
The molecular structure of the plastic was engineered to be
a precise shape from the human scale right down to the
atomic level. The point here is that this was done with boring
old chemicals in test tubes rather than the
proposed by the Drexlerites, shrouded in their mists of
"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers."
-- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a
particularly vivid fantasy)