Week 9 Blog Nanotechnology All Over By John Philip Bongco

The Beauty of Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology or the control of technology on an atomic and molecular scale has actually hit the big screen (in a sense). Have you watched the movie Watchmen yet? I just thought it would be interesting to mention nanotechnology in the media before discussing some more important topics under nanotechnology. Watchmen involves a world struggling to reach peace in the face of nuclear war. One of the characters named Doctor Manhattan has the ability to manipulate atoms even to limits as great as obliterating another human being. The character gained his supernatural abilities after he was caught in a laboratory accident. As a scientist, Doctor Manhattan continued to tamper with atoms and creating nanotechnology machines even after his accident for the good of mankind.

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Moving on, nanotechnology, more importantly is about making technology as minuscule in size as possible. A nanometer is one one billionth of a meter. Some compare a nanometer is about one-hundred thousand times thinner that a strand of hair. For example: The picture below shows a picture of a surgery being performed with the use of nanotechnology. Scientists, hope that advancements in technology will help surgeons reach the most difficult and narrow places of the body to perform surgeries, inner-body checkups, cure sickness, etc. Imagine what effects nanotechnology might yield when used properly in brain surgery. Of course, safety measures have to be taken before such newer nanotechnology can be used. Some, however, are using nanotechnology for things completely unrelated to health care. For example: in class, the guest lecture showed us a picture of President Barrack Obama faces made from a technique known as nanolithography. The faces are constructed entirely of carbon nanotubes (150 million nanotubes). Some argue that this is a waste of time. Why waste hard work and energy on an “art project”? Well, some researchers are working hard to figure out how they can make these nanotechnology items grow. The carbon nanotube material is extremely strong and sturdy. The faces have playfully been named nanobamas. The following YouTube further expands on these ideas and also reiterates the potential of nanotechnology in green energy technology, medicine and health care: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56-wNX7roYQ&eurl=http://www.azonano.com/nanotechnology-video-details.asp?VidID=270&feature=player_embedded. It can improve solar cells and battery power. There is even research being done in figuring out how nanotechnology can be used to fight lead poisoning.

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The picture below sort of plays with the funny and seemingly unrealistic  idea of compacting a solar system into a minuscule hand-held item of sorts. Some predict that nanotechnology can create smaller and faster computer chips, tiny medical devices that can repair clogged arteries and new and improved water filters. According to this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yzhSHzw_lQ. nanotechnology has been used for hundreds of years. Supposedly, nanotechnology is used in glass paintings that you see in history books and cathedrals. Scientists say that some of the most fascinating things they see on a nano scale come from nature’s “technology”. Nanotechnology even expands into studies for better forms of energy.  Scientists are attempting to imitate some of the ways energy is created in nature (in plants, etc.).

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By John Philip Bongco

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