Originally published January 19, 2011 at 4:27 p.m., updated August 22, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
Invisibility cloaks. Spider silk that is stronger than steel. Plastics made of sugar that dissolve in landfills. Self-healing military vehicles. Smart pills and micro-robots that zap diseases. Clothes that monitor your mood. What will the future bring, and what will it be made of?
Get a behind-the-scenes look at scientific innovations ushering in a new generation of materials that are stronger, smaller, cleaner, and smarter than anything we've ever seen.
"Making Stuff Smaller" - Here in the information age, smaller is better: transistors, microchips and the laptops and cell phone that they power are triumphs of tiny.
In this episode, host David Pogue takes us to an even smaller world, as he profiles the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives and building materials from the ground up.
This program originally aired in 2011.