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May 6, 2013

How Close Are We To Iron Man Extremis Nanotechnology?

Iron Man 3 Exremis

The new movie Iron Man 3 features Tony Stark's new nanotechnology-based armour, "Extremis." According to nanotechnology researcher Dr. Shuming Nie, this technology may actually be possible sooner than we think.

The newly released and positively reviewed Iron Man 3  movie, features a storyline based around Tony Stark developing a new armour based on nanotechnology.

The movie is chiefly based on the 2005 comic series and focuses on the introduction of the Extremis armour. Extremis is an artificially created bio-weapon that merges with Stark's physiology, in effect, transforming him into a living computer. In addition to a golden body sheathe and the armor, Iron Man was able to interact with any computerized system; specifically those that incorporated patented StarkTech into its design.

Iron Man Extremis

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In the video below, Dr. Shuming  Nie explains that Extremis technology may not be as much in the realm of science fiction as in reality.  Nie discusses how nanoparticles are increasingly being used and developed.

"Some of the features of Iron Man may be far-fetched, but other features are probably a reality in the next 20 to 30 years," says Nie.  "We've developed a number of types of nanoparticles that look very similar to the substance of Extremis."

Nie is the Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Chair Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, with joint appointments in chemistry, materials science and engineering, and hematology and oncology. He is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Emory-Georgia Tech Nanotechnology Center for Personalized and Predictive Oncology, one of the eight national centers funded by the National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI).

SOURCE  Emory University

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