A biblical short story from Adam Roberts.
Saturday, November 16th, 2019
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
360 terabytes of data stored for over 13 billion years:
Coined as the ‘Superman memory crystal’, as the glass memory has been compared to the “memory crystals” used in the Superman films, the data is recorded via self-assembled nanostructures created in fused quartz. The information encoding is realised in five dimensions: the size and orientation in addition to the three dimensional position of these nanostructures.
Monday, May 16th, 2011
A superbly written piece of near-future legal-dystopian speculative fiction. Damn, that Paul Ford can write!
Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
Implications of Molecular Nanotechnology Technical Performance Parameters on Previously Defined Space System Architectures.
This paper, delivered at the 1995 Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology (sponsored by Apple Computers) shows the practical applications of diamondoid and fullerene materials not just in constructing a space elevator, but in the subsequent construction of orbital colonies
There’s still plenty of room at the bottom.
Foresight Institute’s mission is to ensure the beneficial implementation of nanotechnology.
A space elevator, for example.
Sunday, January 20th, 2008
It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.
Sunday, January 13th, 2008
Could it be that swords made of wootz steel—as described in The Baroque Cycle—were so sharp because their blades contained fullerenes?
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
Further reading on the nanotechnology of the semantic web
For those of you who attended my XTech talk yesterday (and, indeed, for those of you who didn’t), here are a few jumping off points I mentioned:
- microformats.org is the motherlode, home to the wiki where you can find documentation for microformats.
- microformats-discuss is the mailing list where there’s plenty of chat about existing microformats.
- Technorati Microformats Search is still in beta but it’s a nice example of a microformats search engine.
- Operator is the superb plug-in for Firefox that exposes and exports microformats.
- John Allsopp’s book on microformats is a must-have.
- Cork’d is the wine review site that’s filled with microformats, effectively giving it a read-only API (here’s my profile).
- Brian Suda has plenty of code, a cheat sheet and a PDF book on microformats.
- Engins of Creation by Eric Drexler.
- The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson.
- Harry Kroto
- Buckminsterfullerene, nanobots and grey goo.
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
Send a six word message to Twitter prefixed with "smithmag" and you could win an iPod nano. Go on, give Earnest Hemmingway a run for his money.