An Armed Weapon of Mass (Wealth) Creation: Here’s The Button
“Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds”, intoned Robert Oppenheimer, “father of the atomic bomb”, after the first nuclear detonation in the Trinity test on July 16, 1945 in New Mexico. He later remarked that he recalled the words from the Hindu Scripture, The Bhagavad Gita.
How mind boggling is it to think that one tiny little atom can cause such an enormous chain-reaction… and set off an explosion with enough force to blow the bikinis off beach bunnies forty miles away?
Of course, as autonomous minds, we can use technology not just for destructive purposes but for creative advantages as well. And what you’re going to learn about today has wealth-creation potential that could truly be explosive (in a good way).
Essentially, it’s a breakthrough that will ripple through multiple industries… but you’ll look back years from now and remember that it made one of its greatest leaps within personalized medicine.
I’m talking about the material graphene.
In 2004, it was discovered that graphite could be changed into graphene, now believed to be the strongest material ever measured. Made of pure carbon and one-atom sheet thick, it’s arranged in a hexagonal pattern, making it look like microscopic chicken-fence. More importantly, it has useful electrical and mechanical properties.
Big things have small beginnings.
Since Graphene is thin and strong, researchers have searched for ways to control its pore size. They hadn’t had much success, until a few days ago.
Engineers at the University of Texas at Dallas figured out how to shrink it down. The effort was funded by the Southwest Academy of Nanoelectronics, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the World Class University Program.
In this study, the team fired up an electron beam from an advanced electron microscope to 1200 degree Celsius temperature.
“This is the first time that the size of the graphene nanopore has been controlled, especially shrinking it,” said Dr. Moon Kim, professor of materials science and engineering.
“We used high temperature heating and electron beam simultaneously; one technique without the other doesn’t work.”
Now researchers are on to making prototypes that can do just that.
Consider how radical this is:
The Human Genome Project cost about $2.7 billion.
That was the first sequencing of human DNA by an international scientific research group.
These engineers today are discovering alternative nanomaterials that could thread DNA strands at the cost of less than $1,000 per person.
According to Kim, “If we could sequence DNA cheaply, the possibilities for disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment would be limitless. Controlling graphene puts us one step closer to making this happen.”
Not to mention, the impacts this will have in other industries, as this new kind of graphene can be integrated with existing silicon-based electronics.
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