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561925_10150643362202056_603342055_9836349_1497803041_n.jpg (JPEG Image, 300 × 202 pixels) Marble machine chronicle on Small Flicks. Nanotechnology is coming. By Ralph C.

Nanotechnology is coming

Merkle, Principal Fellow, Zyvex This is the English original of an article translated into German and published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of Monday, September 11 2000 on page 55. In the coming decades nanotechnology could make a supercomputer so small it could barely be seen in a light microscope. Fleets of medical nanorobots smaller than a cell could roam our bodies eliminating bacteria, clearing out clogged arteries, and reversing the ravages of old age. Clean factories could eliminate pollution caused by manufacturing. Not long ago, such a forecast would have been ridiculed.

At its heart, the coming revolution in manufacturing is a continuation of trends that date back decades and even centuries. The remarkably low manufacturing cost comes from self replication. While nanotechnology does propose to use self replication, it does not propose to copy living systems. Self replication is at the heart of many policy discussions. Further reading: Tree.jpg (JPEG Image, 800 × 800 pixels) 33 Stunning Photos Of Our Amazing Planet Earth Taken By A Guy In Space. 5bb5be05746d98cd1fd2d7f58a8b4086.jpg (JPEG Image, 950 × 633 pixels)

What the Space Shuttle booster saw. Some rules i try to live by: Sand Flea Jumping Robot. I Have a (Puzzling) Dream. Ten Most Extreme Substances Known to Man. Stellarium. 10 Futuristic Materials. Lifeboat Foundation Safeguarding Humanity Skip to content Switch to White Special Report 10 Futuristic Materials by Lifeboat Foundation Scientific Advisory Board member Michael Anissimov. 1.

10 Futuristic Materials

Aerogel protecting crayons from a blowtorch. This tiny block of transparent aerogel is supporting a brick weighing 2.5 kg. Aerogel holds 15 entries in the Guinness Book of Records, more than any other material. Carbon nanotubes are long chains of carbon held together by the strongest bond in all chemistry, the sacred sp2 bond, even stronger than the sp3 bonds that hold together diamond. “Metamaterial” refers to any material that gains its properties from structure rather than composition. We’re starting to lay down thick layers of diamond in CVD machines, hinting towards a future of bulk diamond machinery. Diamonds may be strong, but aggregated diamond nanorods (what I call amorphous fullerene) are stronger.

Transparent alumina is three times stronger than steel and transparent. InShare11 Materials. 25 Most Beautiful Animals Photography on StumbleUpon. InnerSuper. 2012 March 12 - The Scale of the Universe Interactive. Discover the cosmos!

2012 March 12 - The Scale of the Universe Interactive

Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2012 March 12 The Scale of the Universe - Interactive Flash Animation Credit & Copyright: Cary & Michael Huang Explanation: What does the universe look like on small scales? On large scales?

Tomorrow's picture: dust before galaxies Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)NASA Official: Phillip Newman Specific rights apply.NASA Web Privacy Policy and Important NoticesA service of:ASD at NASA / GSFC& Michigan Tech. Doctor Who Timeline Infographic. Check out this complete timeline of Doctor Who from 1963 to present, including episodes, seasons, companions, villains, and more.

Doctor Who Timeline Infographic

Scroll down to follow all the Doctor's adventures through time. A Fantastic resource for any Doctor Who fan. Adventure Titles. Sci-Fi Lists - Top 100 Sci-Fi Books. Photography, Design & Inspiration. Wind Map. An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future.

Wind Map

This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US. The wind map is a personal art project, not associated with any company. We've done our best to make this as accurate as possible, but can't make any guarantees about the correctness of the data or our software. Please do not use the map or its data to fly a plane, sail a boat, or fight wildfires :-) If the map is missing or seems slow, we recommend the latest Chrome browser. Surface wind data comes from the National Digital Forecast Database. If you're looking for a weather map, or just want more detail on the weather today, see these more traditional maps of temperature and wind. Absolutely Genius Ideas.