TEDxPalmerstonYouth: Week 5

What will the future look like?

Last week we started to think about the world of tiny things. Things that we can’t see. What amazing things exist in the realm of the unseen?

Click here to rewatch last week’s TED talk: Hidden Miracles of the Natural World

We discussed what the future would look like if everyone had access to these microscopic wonders. A lot of students brought up the idea of nanotechnology being more important.

This week we’ll dig deeper and look at how nanotechnology could change our lives in the future with One Very Dry Demo.

Mark Shaw demos Ultra-Ever Dry, a liquid-repellent coating that acts as an astonishingly powerful shield against water and water-based materials. At the nano level, the spray covers a surface with an umbrella of air so that water bounces right off. Watch for an exciting two-minute kicker.

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw develops technologies to contain hazardous waste, storm water and radioactives.

When photographed under a 3D microscope, grains of sand appear like colorful pieces of candy and the stamens in a flower become like fantastical spires at an amusement park. Gary Greenberg reveals the thrilling details of the micro world.


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