Radio Thinner Than Hair Invented
Nanotube radio could have widespread applications
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2007 5:55 PM CDT
The experimental nanoradio is 100 billion times smaller than the first commercial radios of the early 20th century.   (
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(Newser) – A UC Berkeley team has invented the world's smallest radio, composed of a single carbon nanotube 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the device is the first fully functional radio to qualify as a piece of nanotechnology -- inventions no larger than a 100 billionths of a meter.

The nanotube radio could be applied as a space-saving addition to cell phones or perhaps a kind of ear-implanted cybernetic iPod. But the most revolutionary use of the nanotube may be in its role as a radio transmitter: theoretically, thousands of the devices could be distributed into the bloodstream, delivering to doctors vast amounts of cellular information covered in the most minute detail.