Item Details

Making Stuff Smaller [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
How small can we go? Could we one day have robots taking "fantastic voyages" in our bodies to kill rogue cells? The triumphs of tiny are seen all around us in the Information Age: transistors, microchips, laptops, cell phones. Now, David Pogue takes NOVA viewers to an even smaller world in Making Stuff Smaller, examining the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives and creating materials from the ground up, atom by atom. Pogue explores the star materials of small applications, including silicon, the stuff of computer chips, and carbon, the element now being manipulated at the atomic level to produce future technology. Smaller and more portable stuff has already revolutionized the way we live. The nanotechnology to come could change the face of medicine, with intelligent pills that know what medicine to release into the body and treat patients from the inside based on changing needs; robots that repair damaged body parts; and more.
Release Date
2011
Run Time
60 min.
Language
English
Rating
4-12
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on December 08, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
Making stuff (Television program)
Series
Making Stuff, With David Pogue
Contents
  • Introduction (1:27)
  • Sponsors: NOVA (1:04)
  • Smaller is Better (1:53)
  • A Look Inside (2:26)
  • The Watch (3:11)
  • Silicon (2:19)
  • Shrinking Switch (1:47)
  • Refined Silicon Transistors (1:20)
  • Nanowires (3:44)
  • Graphene (1:42)
  • Graphene Transistors (2:12)
  • Fantastic Voyage (0:48)
  • Pill Cam (2:55)
  • Micro Robots (2:08)
  • Electro Magnets (2:41)
  • Swimming Micro Robots (1:47)
  • Corkscrew Tail (1:48)
  • The Nanoworld (1:20)
  • Stained Glass (2:50)
  • Glass Making (2:09)
  • Structural Color (2:35)
  • Nanosphere Test (2:10)
  • Melittin (1:46)
  • Nanobees (1:52)
  • Nanobees in Action (2:19)
  • Conclusion (0:28)
  • Credits: Making Stuff Smaller: Making Stuff, with David Pogue (5:15)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2011.
Publisher no.
  • 56006s Films Media Group
  • 56008 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
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Description
1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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