Monday, September 30, 2013

Chemistry in the News:

Science and technology go hand in hand with each other in many ways that people may not be aware of. In the present day, technology is becoming more and more advanced. An example of such is the study on nanomachines/nanowires. In japan there have been many fantasies of nanomachines in mangas and animes. These ideas include nanomachines being given a form much like tiny bug machine coming together to create an artificial life form, to being able to heal the injured in ways that our present medicine cannot.
Although much of it is unrealistic, there are some aspects of nanowires that are plausible. In a recent researcher's facility in both Japan and the US, nanowires have been developed, or more accurately, refined. Nanowires are part of something called nanoelectronics. Nanoelectronics is the use of nanotechnology. The term covers a diverse set of devices and materials, with some characteristic that they are so small that inter-atomic interactions and quantum mechanical properties need to be studied extensively. Some of these include: hybrid molecular/semiconductor electronics, one dimensional nanotubes/nanowires, or advanced molecular electronics. Nanoelectronics are sometimes  thought as disruptive technology because present candidates are significantly different from traditional transistors. This includes at the chemical levels since it involves chemical bonds and other cell functions.
 Nanoelectronics is a vital growth to technology and advancements since there is a plausible chance that it can one day help with advancing areas such as medicine, electronical devices i.e. transportation and computers.

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