Sunday, May 22, 2016

Nanotech and Art

As stated by Professor Gimzewsky, nanotechnology has been around for many centuries and a lot of people do not realize it. Art such as stain glass windows and pottery glaze of 15th Century Italian pottery have been influenced by nanoparticles, giving new light and color to these art forms.

Stained Glass Windows

Nanoparticles have also been used in advancements in medicine, specifically in locating diseases such as cancer. Cancer cells and viruses can be isolated and targeted with the used of nanoparticles allowing easier and noninvasive treatment that doctors can see. There are now new nanoparticles that can help detect the exact location of blood clots! It is amazing how far science has come to help alleviate medical complications and diseases. 

Quantum Dots

Also, technology has been influence by nanoparticles, in particular computer processors. Nanotechnology is being implemented to create computer processors which is a huge breakthrough as computers can now store information and process it at the nanoscale, creating lighter and more efficient devices.

Buckeyball Around the Earth
Of course, there is always the ugly side of things where nanoparticles play harmful roles in our society. Researchers have found that nanoparticles from diesel exhausts play harmful roles in lung diseases, but on the positive side these nanoparticles are being studied as a way to find treatments to those who are genetically disadvantaged to said nanoparticles. Even downsides have there upsides.


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