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THE MATERIAL WORLD
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Thursday 16:30-17:00
Quentin Cooper reports on developments across the sciences. Each week scientists describe their work, conveying the excitement they feel for their research projects.
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Thursday 1 December 2005
Artist's impression of a 'Nanobot' on a red blood cell
Artist's impression of a "nanobot" on a red blood cell.
1st prize, Visions of Science award, 2002.
"Nanotechnology" by Coneyl Jay.

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Explore The Material World with the Open University Over the next 6 weeks Material World is broadcasting a series of audience debates that have been recorded all over the United Kingdom. The series is co-produced with the Open University and is designed to support the OU's Science in Context course, S250. The first debate was recorded at the Cambridge Science Park and is about Nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology or nanoscience is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of scientific disciplines which are carried out at very small scales down to the molecular scale.

Nanotechnologies are predicted to generate sales of $1 trillion by 2015, and could affect every sphere of our lives including health-care, computers, consumer gadgets, energy, defence and food.

Stories about the possibilities of nanotechnologies - from anti-cancer drugs delivered direct to the tumor by tiny robots, computers the size of a sugar cube, to smart bullets that never miss a target - are widely covered in the press. But what is the reality and the risks? Who is regulating this emerging science?

Quentin Cooper is joined by an audience who want to learn more about our current state of knowledge about nanotechnology. Answering their questions are Head of the Nanoscale Science Laboratory, Professor Mark Welland & social scientist Dr Robert Doubleday, both from the Nanoscience Centre, Cambridge University and Philip Ball, science writer.

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