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May 16, 2006 at 10:00 AM

Tiny tech

SAN DIEGO — It took some refocusing, but FiRe turned its attention today from supercomputers and massive networks to nanotechnology ventures developing products at the molecular level.

Larry Bock, founder and chairman of Nanosys in Palo Alto, Calif., provided some gee-whiz demos. He dropped water onto a plastic sheet covered with tiny nanofibers each one 150th the width of a human hair. The drops literally bounced around on the surface, repelled by the fibers. An obvious application is coating windshields so they don’t need wipers, but Bock has other ideas.

“Imagine coating a heart valve or a stent with this,” he said.

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