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A major oil company's 885-foot tanker has been outfitted with 160 tiny vibration sensors--collectively called "smart dust"--that monitor the performance of the ship's machinery and report when something shakes in a new and exciting way.

A major oil company's 885-foot tanker has been outfitted with 160 tiny vibration sensors--collectively called "smart dust"--that monitor the performance of the ship's machinery and report when something shakes in a new and exciting way. Smart dust motes (actually, at roughly one inch square, they