Nanotechnology is one of the techie disciplines which popular media has seized upon. Spiderman's suit in the famous comic books and movie series supposedly gives him super-human strength and powers. In sci-fi novels, like Prey ... written by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park):
In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles—micro-robots—has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from...
This begs the question ... what is hype, and what is nano? Link to this Northwestern University site and learn more! Spend some time exploring and you'll even find information about Grey Goo! In summation, this site is worth adding to the Engineering Learning Wiki.