Nanotechnology in the Air
Last week I was on an airplane reading the magazine of Alaska Airlines. One of the articles that kept my attention was about Nanotechnology by Sally James. Usually I just look at the link and share with you. This time it is quite unpractical because you need to see the whole magazine in order to get to the article. So, this is something that it is very well written that it really makes me feel happy, because 3 years ago I went to a congress about the topic and it was first hand engineers and scientists with fascinating research, and now its applications are more visible to the general public.
Big Potential in going small. The life-changing impact of nanotechnology. That is the title of what a small-scale Revolution is going on. Then Nanospyder by Volkswagen is the first image in the article, you can appreciate a futuristic shaped car and the caption says that it would use nanotechnology that will be 100 recyclable. Other wonderful examples are;
A Quantum Dot is used in flat-screen televisions and solar panels.
Maybe your socks have nano-size particles of silver to kill smelly bacteria.
There are bicycles so lightweight nowadays because the use of ultra strong carbon nano tubes in the carbon fibers that are use to manufacture its frames.
Suits of Armor like bulletproof vests are tailored in Canada.
Nano materials are being used in many batteries to make them smaller.
For the near future we can think about machines the size of molecules.They can be embedded within the human body, detecting diabetes and helping to prevent heart disease.
Inside a living body can be gold as a cancer killer.
It is so tinny a nano material that can go through a cell membrane to deliver healing therapies.
Robert Langer at MIT is helping to design a tiny package with genetic messengers to help to prevent cancer at cellular level. Pat Stayton at the University of Washington, Dr. Anil Sood at the University of Texas and other scientists at various universities as well as the private sector are using nano scale materials. We are at the edge of a new way of doing things.