Thursday, May 19, 2016

Nanotech + Art

As Jim Gemzewski and the Professor said in their work, The Nanomeme Syndrome: Blurring of fact and fiction in the construction of a new science, the phrase seeing is believing is not necessarily true for nanotechnology.  In his lecture, Gemzewski goes on to talk about how nanotechnology deals with science on a molecular level which involves things smaller than the eye can see.  It is a study that has evolved over the years into something that is heavily involved in everyday life, even though many may not know or understand it.

Image result for nanotechnology roman cupsNanotechnology is something that has surprisingly been around for thousands of years.  As Gemzewski stated,   nanotechnology goes as far back as 400 AD.  Although the study was not particularly advanced at this time, evidence of nanotechnology is present in a lot of old roman artifacts.  Gemzewski primarily talks of cups that change color when light is passed through them.  The cause of this discoloration, which appeared to be an accident, is still unclear to scientist who have studied the goblet.

More recent applications of nanotechnology can be seen in projects that are a bit more complex.  One product of nano technology is the scanning tunneling microscope.  These advanced microscopes allow individuals to get visualizations at the atomic level.  This has proved useful in medical advancements crucial for the betterment of health care.

Other, less practical, applications of nanotechnology include the generation of sound from a physical bone, as Boo Chapple has been working on.  Chapple has found a way to vibrate bones in a way the creates a sound that he can manipulate.  Other applications include the Nova project which is making technological advancements smaller and smaller.  The creators of Nova hope to someday create tiny microscopic robots that can travel into a body and kill selected viruses.


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  2. Hi Brian, I agree when you say that the phrase seeing is believing is not necessarily true for nanotechnology. It goes beyond everything we’ve ever known and is something much greater than us and everything else surrounding us. One fascinating aspect about nanotechnology is that it has an immense capability to alter the world of science.