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What Is Nanotechnology?

In a sense, nanotechnology is technology that increases in nanometers. In case you don't know how long a nanometer is, let me put it in this way. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. If THAT'S hard to picture, your average hair is probably around 75,000 nanometers long.

To put it in even MORE perspective, a human red blood cell is 6,000-8,000 nanometers long.

As you can probably tell, nanometers go into deep parts of science, and now with the new technological advances, this, which was once science fiction, can come up as real.

It has the power to open up new worlds, or possible destroy them... Read on to find out more.

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The History of Nanotechnology

You may believe that nanotechnology, for something so small, could only be done in some sort of high tech laboratory in a high tech place, like a secret government bunker, or somewhere else that's isolated, but believe it or not, humans have been using nanotechnology by ACCIDENT.

Back then, they didn't know they were making science history, but on of the earliest use of nanotechnology was in the fourth century with the Lycurgus Cup in Rome. Extremely small amounts of gold and silver would give it the appearance of opaque green when being lit from the outside to a translucent reddish pink when lit up from the inside.

From the 6th century forward, nanotechnology was used inadvertently for glass images, ceramics, Damascus swords, and when the Modern Era finally hit us, a new frontier was opened for the science.

In 1857, Michael Faraday, discovered a colloid of "Ruby" gold. It showed that gold with different lighting could make different colors with even the smallest trace of another gem like substance.

The 1900s rolled around, and names such as Erwin Muller, John Bardeen, Jack Kilby, Richard Fenyman, Harold Kroto, Robert Curl, Richard Smalley, and Chad Mirkin all become household names for those who work in the field of nanotechnology. They are all known as pioneers for the same cause, and made nanotechnology come out of the shadows.

When the second millennium hits, the science is revolutionary. Humans have not yet harnessed the full power of this magnificent technology, but when we do, it could go either two ways: We could totally annihilate the world unintentionally, or save it by curing cancer, helping others, etc.

Just to be honest, the future of nanotechnology seems part bleak. Unfortunately for the human race, every time we discover a new technology, we use it for harm.

Discovery: nuclear fission.

Result: nuclear bomb instead of electrical power

Discovery: Bronze

Result: Swords instead of tools

Discovery: Zyklon B

Result: Nazi rampage instead of helpful chemical use

Discovery: Explosive material for tunneling

Result: Bombs, grenades, land mines, etc instead of mining equipment

Hope for the Future

The future is not so far away, and predictions, maybe even the wackiest ones could be totally true. People guess that in the future, there will be tiny robots called, nanobots that can go in one's bloodstream and be able to repair cells, or any other type of damage to the body. In the future, nanobots may even be able to fight wars, cure cancer, and do other legendary tasks that humans themselves could only DREAM of doing.

Most of these things are not far off from fantasies, but others may be coming to life real soon. Little machines could have the potential to replace out very own, flesh and blood, human doctors/nurses.

Nanobots are a big topic for nano-scientists since the potential for the technology is at a very high caliber. Here are some possible things that nanotechnology could do for us in the future:

- Detecting and destroying cancer cells before the patient gets diagnosed.

- Generating genetically modified safe foods.

- Make more efficient ways of renewable energy.

- Heal aging cells rendering immortality.

- Fighting wars for humanity.

- Improving technology.

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Overall, nanotechnology is a futuristic idea, but it may not be anymore. With the correct usage and ideas, this could possibly be the biggest manifestation of human creativity in history.

Though the initial prospect of putting little robots into your body may seem a little dangerous, science will always have ways to improve and make whatever needs to be safe, safe.

But for the time being, nanotechnology is a difficult topic to deal with since its in its earliest stages. If anything goes wrong, it could end up in human injury, or in worst case scenario, DEATH. But there's nothing to worry about, because we don't have to worry about it until it becomes vital to our cause.


Nanometers- One billionth of a meter.

Lycurgus Cup- A Roman cup able to switch color depending on angle of light.

Damascus- A type of sword used in the pre-modern world.

Colloid- A solution containing particles 1-1000 nanometers long.

Nanoparticles- Nanoparticles are microscopic particles at the nanometer level.

Nanobots- Robots at a nanometer level that can be used for various tasks.

Nano-Scientists- Scientists who study the field of nanotechnology.

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