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Anton Joseph Lucanus

Nanoscience and its growing impact on the modern world

It goes without saying that every branch of science and technology has impacted the world in its own way. The modern world around us is practically immersed in it all. From life at home, to life at work, and everywhere in between, technology is ever-present. Regardless of if you work in education or automotives, security or the arts, and even an IT or SEO company, technology is an instrumental component in the way the modern workplace runs. And then at home, technology is steadily becoming more and more central to our experience. We are, of course, aware of this (for the most part), because this is the world that we have single handedly created. We are responsible for all of this. And while each branch of science and tech is important in its own way, there are some innovations that have changed the world tenfold, and continue to do so time and again. Nanoscience – and its accompanying nanotechnology – is one of those multi-layer innovations. 

One of the most exhilarating branches of science, nanoscience has been gaining traction in recent years, and it is showing no signs of slowing down. The nature of nanoscience (and nanotechnology, for that matter) is to conduct experiments and studies at the nanoscale (i.e. nanometres). To put a nanometre into scale, a single printed page is around 75,000 nanometres thick. Put that way, it is an incredibly minute scale we are talking about, which makes nanoscience all the more awe-inspiring and intriguing. It is interesting to note that while many (if not all) other branches of science and technology are doggedly designed to work towards a solution in one key aspect of life, nanoscience and nanotechnology have made a name for themselves the world over by offering innovations in multiple aspects of life. Everything from infrastructure and environmental impact, to animal bites and other medical preventions and treatments, has been impacted by nanoscience. 

Further, promising (if not overtly successful) results have occurred in every application of nanoscience. In this way, nanoscience is unique, and that is at least part of the reason that the world has become so centrally focused on nanoscience and its ongoing growth and elevation. The power in nanoscience is that it not only functions and positively thrives in one incredible focus, but in multiple. Take the application of nanoscience and nanotechnology to cancer treatment, for example. This is a disease that has no painless, time-effective cure. Treatments for cancer are always time-consuming, painful, and most importantly, not always permanently effective. But all that is set to change with the introduction of nanoscience and nanotechnology application. 

There are medical teams around the world who believe they have developed a viable solution that, if it works on humans in human trials, will make cancer treatment virtually painless, and much more time-effective. Essentially, medical professionals inject a microscopic “nano-bomb”. This nano-bomb will be targeted directly at cancerous, or even predicted threatening cells. Because the injection and the nano-bomb is so tiny, the impact would cause only the targeted cells to explode, leaving the surrounding healthy cells to continue thriving. It is an awe-inspiring miracle of science, if it continues to develop well, and it is just a taste of what nanoscience can do. So far, the innovations in nanoscience have proven to be remarkable. Considering we are standing on the edge of its introduction, this is incredibly impressive. The astounding rate of advancement and further exploration of nanoscience and nanotechnology across the board is nothing short of miraculous. It is heartening and promising to realise that this is also just the beginning of what is likely to be an incredible future for this wonderful (to say the least) branch of science. 

In a world where we are burdened by more sickness and unhealthy habits and surroundings than ever, a branch of science as exciting and pioneering as nanoscience is the globally-inclusive solution that we have never had, and that we so desperately have searched for and worked towards, for so long. The modern world around us is positively immersed in and surrounded by technological advancements and rapid digitalisation. Our determination and insistence to continuously grow and elevate our own progress is something that we have become obsessed with.
 
Technological implementation is one of the most prominent focuses in that elevated progress lately. Throughout the world, it has become exceedingly obvious that technology is where our international collective priority lies. Every innovation in science and technology has its value, its impact on the modern world, but perhaps the most prominent and all-encompassing of them all is nanoscience, and its corresponding nanotechnology. This is a branch of science that has single-handedly impacted multiple innovations in the field, rather than one or two. This is just the beginning for nanoscience, but with innovations in everything from animal bites and medical preventions and treatments, to the environment and infrastructure, the future is looking exceptionally bright.

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