This BAB was created 24 February 2005 and it was categorized as DRAFT.

This BAB was edited on 1 January 2008 because it is going to be updated in order for it to be used as instructional material during spring 2008. This BAB is still a DRAFT.

From Ants to Nanobots

To a human-being, an ant is very, very, very small; but, to a nanobot, an ant is very, very, very big.

A nanobot is a "robot of microscopic proportions." In other words, a nanobot is a very, very, very small robot and you would need a powerful microscope to see one.

Ants are small compared to humans, but humans don't need a tool (equipment) to help them see ants.

Ant sizes vary depending on the type-of ant. Example: Some female "queen" ants have a body length of about 20 mm, while others range in length from 1.5 mm to 9 mm.

A millimeter is abbreviated mm. 1 millimeter is 0.001 meter. 1 millimeter approximates 0.034 inch.

What to visualize nano? Some examples follow.

The average human hair is 11,000 nanoyards wide. Given there is 36 inches in a yard, a human hair approximates 396,000 nanoinches or 0.0003 inch.

The speed of light is 983,319,262 feet per second. A nanosecond is the amount of time it takes light to travel a distance of one foot.

[06 March 2005] Slashdot.org:: Of Ants and Robots.

Learning from ants in the 21st century...

   [source: BBC.co.uk]
   "When our present technology-driven society considers the ant, 
    the aim is not to find moral guidance or to admire a perfect 
    political system, but to gather clues that will help us to 
    solve technical problems."

Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 24 February 2005

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