Shrinkage: Research updates on the quest to make really tiny things
By Siri Steiner
Posted 11.01.2005 at 3:00 am 0 Comments
MIT bioengineer Alexander Klibanov is devising a nasty weapon to ward off microbes: a bed of nanoscopic nails. Affixed to computer keyboards, countertops and fabrics, the nails would puncture germs the way road spikes pierce tires, providing permanent protection against bacteria, Klibanov says.
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