Science – Nanotechnology Reexplained

For the science enthusiasts out there, this page will offer them a general introduction to the wonderful world of nanotechnology, and its interesting aspects that are sure to captivate everyone.

Basically, referring o57341575_f52766b738n a smaller scale, nanotechnology is a science that applies various mechanical and engineering principles at a much smaller scale, which often times is far smaller than what the human eye can perceive without magnifying the object in question. Here, the levels are in the order of hundreds of thousands and even millions of times in magnification.

Working on a nano scale implies that scientists actually work with atoms and molecules, and one might argue that that is one of the closest humans will ever get to work with the so called “building blocks of nature” that make up everything, from the gray matter to the human brain up to the huge stars and planets.

In order to get a glimpse of the scale at which nanotechnology deploys its procedures, people must understand that, for instance, the typical bacteria, which is in the order of tens of thousands of times smaller than a strand of hair, has a length of approximately 200 nanometers. When going even deeper, to the atomic level, most elements in that magnification zone are in the order of 0.01 to 0.1 nanometers.

Some of the most common applications for nanotechnology are the creation of nanomaterials, which are characterized by increased strength and flexibility when compared to other, traditional materials. A good example of nanomaterials is the carbon nanotubes, which have numerous industrial applications on a large scale.

Nanochips are basically computer processors that have been scaled down considerably and can now be incorporated into different applications that require a finer scale, such as the medical field, and other related domains where small size and effectiveness are a must.

Even more impressive than nanomaterials and nanochips are the nanomachines, which are complete assemblies that are able to perform various tasks, such as unclogging blood arteries in the human body or perform repairs and maintenance operations in hazardous or dangerous environments.