Nano Neuro

February 16th, 2010 by Collin Canright | Filed under Technology.

Tonight at the February meeting of MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago I learned about nanotechnology and nanoscience, in an illuminating talk by Dr. Tijuana Rajh, Group Leader for the NanoBio Interface Group at Argonne National Laboratory and one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic.

Nanoscience forms the nexus of physics, chemistry, and biology and is the fastest developing science in the world, Dr. Rajh said, though I wonder if it’s developing as fast as the rapidly developing field of neuroscience.

There are similarities in that both are radically transforming how we see the world, and both are increasing our power over our world, the physical world in the case of nanoscience and the mental world in the case of neuroscience. Both have grown since the 1980s and 1990s as a result of increasingly sophisticated instruments that allow scientists to “see” unseen physical and biological processes.

I am more familiar with neuroscience as a result of my studies in psychology, but Dr. Rajh’s talk opened my eyes to how we can manipulate the physical world and create completely new materials and processes are a result of the new nano world. Just as we can alter the way we think, feel, and experience the world as a result of the new neuro insights into the brain and behavior.

I will explore these ideas more in the coming days.

See the posts Neuroscience and Nanoscience for more.

Tonight at the February meeting of MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago I learned about nanotechnology and nanoscience, in an illuminating talk by Dr. Tijuana Rajh, Group Leader for the NanoBio Interface Group at Argonne National Laboratory and one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic.

Nanoscience forms the nexus of physics, chemistry, and biology and is the fastest developing science in the world, Dr. Rajh said, though I wonder if it’s developing as fast as the rapidly developing field of neuroscience.

There are similarities in that both are radically transforming how we see the world, and both are increasing our power over our world, the physical world in the case of nanoscience and the mental world in the case of neuroscience. Both have grown since the 1980s and 1990s as a result of increasingly sophisticated instruments that allow scientists to “see” unseen physical and biological processes.

I am more familiar with neuroscience as a result of my studies in psychology, but Dr. Rajh’s talk opened my eyes to how we can manipulate the physical world and create completely new materials and processes are a result of the new nano world. Just as we can alter the way we think, feel, and experience the world as a result of the new neuro insights into the brain and behavior.

I will explore these ideas more in the coming days.

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