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Over the last 3 years, the Government’s technology foresight programme has sought to identify opportunities in markets likely to emerge

during the next 10-20 years, and its results now inform funding decisions for much of the UK’s science and engineering base. However technology moves fast, and such exercises must remain alert to the latest developments – especially where these affect many areas of

science and technology. One such ‘generic technology’ may be nanotechnology, or the technology of the very small, where a human

hair would appear as large as a building in a 'nanoscale' world.


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