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Nano technological weapon (from the archive, 1998)

It will be possible to inject artificial bacteria into the bodies of the enemy commanders (published for the first time on the Hidan website, April 1998).

Avi Blizovsky

In the more distant future it will be possible to produce small devices and even weapons. At the time of writing these lines (April 1998), tensions continue in Iraq surrounding Saddam Hussein's attempts to hide the weapons of mass destruction in his possession - the chemical and biological weapons.
Fortunately for us, the means of detection in the hands of the US and the UN can still reveal, at least partially, what Saddam Hussein is trying to hide. If we were today in 2020, which is not far away, it is possible that Saddam Hussein had a weapon that could not be detected - the nanotechnological weapon.

But nanotechnology is not just a futuristic thing. Today, Cornell scientists already use a high-flux electron beam to sculpt structures from crystalline silicon or oxide compounds. Using nanotechnology it will be possible to produce not only computers but a whole range of devices.
The popular science magazine reports in its November issue that scientists at Cornell have succeeded in building a nano guitar - a guitar that weighs about the size of one blood cell. The width of each of the six strings is 50 nanometers, about the width of 100 atoms. The nano guitar is designed to demonstrate the technology available at the nano technology manufacturing facilities at Cornell and elsewhere. This technology makes it possible to create microscopic devices that can be used, in the end, for any purpose, from fiber optic communication to controlling the air flow over the plane's wing.

The nanotechnology, which at this stage has not yet left the pure research laboratories, will make it possible to build complete systems the size of individual molecules. Some researchers say that nanotechnology systems will even be able to replicate themselves. Nanotechnology will have many implications for all areas of life. It turns out that the consequences will not be overlooked in the military field either. Back in 1993, the prestigious American RAND research institute submitted a report to the US military entitled "Military applications of tiny electromechanical systems" - nanotechnology systems.

According to the Rand Institute, such a system would include several subsystems: sensing, information processing, self-navigation, maneuvering, communication and destruction capability. All this, as mentioned, within an invisible system the size of a molecule (or several molecules).
A nanotechnological weapon system will locate the target using its sensors, move towards it, penetrate it and damage it. The enemy will not even understand where this evil landed on him. Such a system would be able to sneak in and disrupt power plants, radio and television stations, ports, command and control centers and basically any facility imaginable.

It will also be possible to sneak nanotechnological systems into the enemy's facilities during a lull. The nano-technological systems will lie in wait quietly (no one will see them) and during a war an order will be sent to them and they will go out to carry out acts of destruction.
But nanotechnology will not only produce systems that will sabotage facilities. First - it will make it possible to produce destructive weapons that will make the war much more dangerous and destructive than the wars we have known until now. In fact, nanotechnology will make it possible to produce tiny and invisible robots, which will act similar to germs in biological weapons or chemical substances. The tiny robots will be able to attack humans, penetrate the blood vessels
and internal organs and cause their destruction. It is very possible that the nanotechnological weapon, at least the one against a person, will be included in the category of prohibited weapons, similar to chemical or biological weapons. However, it will be a serious problem to monitor him. Today it is possible to discover stockpiles of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. It is also possible to force (or try to force with one success or another) countries to disarm weapons of mass destruction. In the case of a nanotechnological weapon it is simply impossible to see.

It will also be very difficult to locate the means of production of the nanotechnological weapons. To produce them, you will not need large facilities, but very small facilities that can be hidden to the maximum. The production of nanotechnological systems should be very simple, so that even if one device is damaged - another will immediately appear under it. The weapon itself, of course, will be almost impossible to damage.

The positive side of nanotechnology: a featherweight passenger plane

We are probably very far from the ability to miniaturize devices
First published on the science site in April 1998
By Avi Blizovsky

Many in the computer and electronics community wonder what the limit of miniaturization of electronic components is. Every year these or other experts warn that we are approaching the limit of miniaturization and we must hurry and look for new technologies that will enable the improvement of performance. Such a technology, which enables both continued miniaturization and improved performance, is nanotechnology. This technology, also called molecular production, is currently in research stages in various laboratories and institutes. It will allow us to arrange the atoms and molecules exactly in the order we want, and place each atom in its designated place, which opens the door to almost unlimited possibilities.

The first thing made possible by such technology is the creation of completely new materials, whose properties we will determine. It will be possible, for example, to create materials that are 100 times stronger than steel, but much lighter than it. At least theoretically, it would be possible to create a structure the size of a room, with tremendous strength, that could be lifted with a wave of the hand.

This can lead to a revolution in many fields, such as in the field of aviation. It will be possible to create a large passenger plane, for hundreds of passengers, whose weight will be extremely small. It is needless to say what kind of fuel savings such a light plane will allow, and its safety will also increase because it will not suffer almost from "metal fatigue". Nanotechnology will bring about a real revolution in the field of spacecraft as well.
Reading these lines surely brings up among the readers associations to alien stories. In various testimonies of people who claim to have seen fragments of UFOs, they reported very thin and light materials, with such strength that they could not be broken in any way. The attitude of scientists to alien encounters is very skeptical, to say the least, but using nanotechnology it is at least possible to explain (still theoretically) how materials with these properties were created.

In the field of computers, where there is the most miniaturization, it will be possible to create transistors and electronic paths the size of a molecule. That is - it will be possible to create components that are almost invisible to the eye and have extremely high power. Computers manufactured using nanotechnology methods will be exempt from the limitations of silicon. For example, one of the effective materials for building component substrates is diamond, where electrons move faster than in silicon and it is also resistant to higher temperatures. Of course today no one dreams of using diamond to build computers, but with the help of nanotechnology it will be possible to create materials that have exactly the same properties as diamond.

It will be possible to build parallel computers that will include components manufactured using nanotechnology methods and will be able to process billions of billions of commands per second. Even the storage devices that will be produced using nanotechnological methods will be able to specify huge amounts of information, which today is not even conceivable.

The scientists are even toying with building molecular medical devices, of the smallest size, that could be inserted into individual cells of the body. Such a device would be able to correct various defects within the cell, and attack cancer cells.

The nanotechnological horizons are so wide that scientists even claim that it will be possible to develop production technologies in which different products will replicate themselves: create new structures according to a predetermined order of atoms and molecules. This production method should be seven times cheaper than the production methods used today.

Nanotechnological research is currently being carried out in many laboratories, such as NASA's AMES research center, the XEROX research center, MUT, the Molecular Manufacturing Institute in Palo Alto, and more.

Although the subject still seems on the border of science fiction, scientists are convinced that in decades nanotechnology will be fully applicable. At the rate of technological progress in our century, it is likely that applications of nanotechnology will be available much sooner than predicted.

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