The invention couldn’t have come at a better time… By 2050, it’s estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans, and waste metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and chromium are affecting the delicate ecological balance that will make things very difficult for any animal that relies on it for food – including humans – in the near future.
A team of scientists have published a paper demonstrating how nanosystems and nanomaterials can be used for the fast and efficient removal of pollutants and heavy metals from water. Basically, it would seem like swarms of graphene covered nanobots could be our best chance of cleaning up our Oceans.
Nanotechnology is an incredibly exciting field that has the potential to play a central role in our evolution as a species. If nanobots can clean up oceans, imagine what they could do inside a human body. If you are feeling very bold, you could even go a little further. Imagine what they could do on some distant alien planet just waiting to be terraformed.