This week, I thought we would talk about nanotechnology.
What is nanotechnology? Well, it’s the study of nano devices, or materials with dimensions between 1 and 100 nanometers. According to the National Nanotechnology Initiative, “A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick; a single gold atom is about a third or a nanometer in diameter.” Nanotechnology may have a wide range of applications, one of which is health care. It is believed that nanotechnology may open a new world of possibilities for things like cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The National Institutes of Health have a whole website devoted to nanotechnology. I found out about the site from the April 10 issue of the Scout Report. For those that are not familiar with it, the Scout Report reviews different websites on the internet covering a wide variety of both popular and academic topics. (At this time, it looks like you can only sign up for the email version.)
According to the Scout Report, “Visitors who are wondering what nanotechnology is and what it can be used for, will find this website from the National Institutes of Health very helpful. If visitors have wondered what a nano looks like they can check out the video on the right side of the homepage for a 30-second animated view comparing the size of a nano to everyday objects.”
They also have some webcasts on the page from a recent all day nanotechnology symposium. Unfortunately, you cannot watch the webcasts unless you have RealPlayer software on your computer.