Thursday, February 15, 2007

Picture of the day

Observations on Bacilus Typhosus in its Filterable State

Gregory O'Toole, Observations on Bacilus Typhosus in its Filterable State, NanoArt 2006

From NanoArt 2006. © Copyright Gregory O'Toole (click to see larger version)

NANOART is a new art discipline related to micro/nanosculptures created by artists/scientists through chemical/physical processes and/or natural micro/nanostructures that are visualized with powerful research tools like Scanning Electron Microscope and Atomic Force Microscope.

NanoArt could be for the 21st Century what Photography was for the 20th Century. We live in a technological society, in a new Renaissance period, and there is no reason for Arts to stay away from Technology. NanoArt is the expression of the New Technological Revolution and reflects the transition from Science to Art using Technology.

See all of Gregory O'Toole's NanoArt 2006 entries here, or visit his website.

Please contact me if you would like to submit an image. (rocky at

Quote of the day

"Nanotechnology has already been applied in several key automotive applications, and it will undoubtedly pervade many new areas as we go forward. … This is a great time and place for engineers and scientists in industry and academia to get together and exchange new findings and ideas in this area."

~Ford Motor Co.

"Whether you are the CEO of a multibillion-dollar semiconductor company, a heart surgeon, an automobile repair shop manager, a drug company representative, a psychiatrist, the division manager of a multimillion-dollar paint company, or even a house painter, nanotechnology is going to impact you."

~Jack Uldrich & Deb Newberry, authors of The Next Big Thing Is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business.


Another series of made for TV programs from the Discovery Channel, FutureCar examines today’s technologies and designs and how they might lead to tomorrow’s vehicles.

Today I watched the first of 3 programs, this one titled “The Extremes.” The program covered these technologies:

* battery (in a vehicle that reaches 325 mph)
* diesel (in a vehicle that gets 111 mpg at 140 mph)
* hydrogen
* safety
* automated public transport
* big rigs
* and of course, the Moller SkyCar (every show on the future of transpiration includes it, although it does not seem to have convinced many of it’s viability)

Car enthusiasts will love this show, as will those that study the future.

So, where does nanotechnology come in? It doesn’t, at least not directly. However, anyone familiar with the technologies covered in this program know that most of them will be enabled by nanotechnologies, and all of them enhanced.

Bottom line: worth the watch.

Tomorrow I will cover the second in the series titled “The Body.”