Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I Sing the Body Electric

I Sing the Body Electric is not only is a great poem by Walt Whitman but also is scientifically true based on experiments done at the nanoscale regarding cellular electricity. "Using novel voltage-sensitive nanoparticles, researchers have found electric fields inside cells as strong as those produced in lightning bolts." Said research is being done to learn about cancer and how disease develops.

Interestingly enoungh, nanotech is also being used to "feel" cells as cancer cells tend to be softer when scientists used an atomic force microscope to do the deed. "Aggressive cancer cells are about 70 percent softer than normal cells, according to research from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The UCLA researchers are the first to mechanically probe the physical properties of live cancer cells taken directly from a patient."

Common sense combined with imagination driven by inquiry using advanced tech as the primary investigative tool has become the norm in learning how reality works. - RM

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