Gauss Guns are often a thing of fiction. While they have been designed, achieving their aim is difficult due to the size and energy required to fire them. For those who are unaware of what I mean when I say gauss gun, it was a device designed to avoid using gun powder. Using magnetic charges, the concept is to propel an object through the air using only metal, a small electrical charge and magnetism. A research team in America may have found another use for it though.
University of Houston and Bostons Child Hospital have developed an application for the gauss technology to help medicine. The idea would be to inject tiny microscopic robots into your body which could then be ‘remote controlled’ via an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. Using magnetism, the nano-bots would be steered to a location, before finally sending in an activation nano-bot. When this final nano-bot is inserted it bumps into the next, sending it flying into the next and this continues until the last one is reached. With this in mind the final nano-bot can be used to do anything from opening blocked passageways, delivering a drug to a specific area of the body or even puncturing a membrane to release fluid which has gathered in the body.
With yet another example how science is being changed to not only prevent harm but also to save lives, the only thing left before future trials is to miniaturize the nano-bots, which at the moment are just bots.
Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.
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