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.
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
A millimeter is abbreviated
What to visualize nano? Some examples follow.
The average human hair is
11,000 nanoyardswide. Given there is
36 inchesin a
yard, a human hair approximates
speed of lightis
983,319,262 feet per second. A
nanosecondis the amount of time it takes light to travel a distance of
[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
Created: 24 February 2005
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