19 June 2007

Nano News Shorts

Delivery of drugs via nano-particles is becoming a booming industry. Such nano-encapsulation of therapeutic agents is likely to be very useful for treating cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Eyedrops for treating glaucoma may soon incorporate nano-encapsulated drugs.

Do you find it difficult at times to keep up with your children? Imagine strap-on gloves and stockings that incorporate nano-tube adhesive. Voila! Instant spider-man children. The little urchins will be climbing the walls and ceilings with little effort. Skyscrapers would be next.

TEBAL--transmission electron beam ablation lithography--is capable of fabricating devices smaller than 10 nm. This technique may enable tiny sensors, molecular sized transistors, and ultra-small DNA sequencers.

Here is a look at the recent Cornell symposium "The Future of Nanotechnology."

While all of these news reports discuss beneficial uses of nanotechnology, you can be sure that behind the scenes, military uses are being researched and developed.

Between nanotechnolgy, biotechnology, and auto-controlled robotics, the world is becoming much more complex.

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