Thai physicists are looking to nanotechnology to develop a new rice strain and improve the quality of silk.
They will alter the rice by making a nanosize hole through a rice cell. A nitrogen atom shot through the hole will rearrange rice DNA to produce a new rice strain. Their goal is a fragrant rice plant with short stems that isn’t overly sensitive to sunlight.
Other engineers are planning to use plasma to coat the surface of silk so it doesn’t get wet easily and attracts less dust. The plasma causes a nanolevel change to the silk surface. The surface treatment causes water to bead on the surface and simply roll off.