Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Here they come...crawling down the street...

 If you have a phobia of spiders, you might want to skip this post.

Can you imagine an entire army of these guys inside your body?  Wiping out free radicals, destroying cancer cells before they can form, or clearing out clogged arteries like a techno Drain-O?  I should probably trademark that name.
The fine minds at New York's Columbia University have developed these little buggers, each one about 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.  Not only could they have medical applications, but they could bring about revolutions in microcomputing, building even smaller handheld devices than we currently have or computers that can fit inside the human brain.  Sure, all of this could have unintended consequences.  Things like this usually do.  But for the benefits...I'm willing to take the risk.  Come on, don't be squeamish.  Who's with me?
Read more about it at The Daily Mail.

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  1. If you are not familar with the theory of gray ooze, let me explain. Sometime in the future, scientists use nano-technology to create a form of nanite to consume an undesireable substance like cancer cells, and turn it into an inert substance that is harmless (gray ooze). The nanites have the ability to reproduce to perform their task until completion. Unexpectedly when they finish devouring the intended target material they decide to start munching on anything else they can find. They eventually reproduce and spread until they have effectively devoured all organic life on the planet, effectively turning everything into gray ooze. The end.

  2. I have heard of this, only the scenario I saw was using nanites to get rid of an oil spill like the one BP has blessed us with. Result was the same.


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