The smallest particle of an element that can exist either alone or in combination. Conceptually, an atom represents an indivisible set of data, as in the atomicity of data in a database. As a particle, it is a vast source of potential energy that can be released when split or fused with another atom.

Articles on that refer to Atom

How To Make a Nanodiamond By Robert A. Freitas Jr.
Safer Molecular Manufacturing through Nanoblocks By Tom Craver
Tangible Nanomoney By Robert A. Freitas Jr.
Chapter 1: Engines of Construction By K. Eric Drexler
Top News of 2002 By Ray Kurzweil and Amara D. Angelica
The Drexler-Smalley Debate on Molecular Assembly By Ray Kurzweil
Toward closure: Open letter to Prof. Smalley By K. Eric Drexler
It's a Small, Small, Small, Small World By Ralph C. Merkle
Quantum Computing with Molecules By Isaac L. Chuang and Neil Gershenfeld
How Nanotechnology Will Work By Kevin Bonsor

News Articles that refer to Atom

Atom laser-beam microscope
Tiny 'smart bomb' can invade, kill cancer
Microscopy moves to the picoscale
$3 million grant awarded to build 'digital matter'
New probe could aid quantum computing
Drexler vs. Smalley on molecular assembly
Escape from the universe
'Hacking Matter' revisited
IBM measures single-atom memory, molecular switch
Single-atom transistor created

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