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  Nanotechnology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nanotechnology is a sub classification of technology in colloidal science, biology, physics, chemistry and other scientific fields and involves the study of phenomena and manipulation of material at the nanoscale, in essence an extension of existing sciences into the nanoscale.
A unique aspect of nanotechnology is the vastly increased ratio of surface area to volume present in many nanoscale materials, which opens new possibilities in surface-based science, such as catalysis.
Nanotechnology and nanoscience got started in the early 1980s with two major developments; the birth of cluster science and the invention of the scanning tunneling microscope (STM).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nanotechnology   (5618 words)

 Nanotechnology: The Size of Things to Come
Nanotechnology deals with the creation and use of materials or devices at the level of molecules and atoms that are 1/1000th the width of a human hair--too small to be seen with a conventional laboratory microscope.
Nanotechnology allows scientists to work on the scale of molecules to create, explore, and manipulate the biological and material worlds measured in nanometers, one-billionth of a meter.
Some of the challenges anticipated by nanotechnology include the uncertain reaction of nanostructures within the body, and those devices or systems that may be so small that the body clears them too soon to be effective in detecting or imaging.
www.fda.gov /fdac/features/2005/605_nanotechnology.html   (792 words)

 Nanotechnology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Molecular nanotechnology is the ability to build objects to atomically exact specifications; to synthesize complex structures by using precise, mechanically controlled positioning of individual chemical building blocks.
Real nanotechnology, in the form originally envisioned, should not be confused with the modern misuse of the term to denote nanoscale bulk manufacturing - technologies operating on a scale of tens or hundreds of nanometers which do not involve atomic-scale precision or the exact specification of molecular structures.
Nanotechnology may or may not be the final technology, and the future may or may not lie in countless diamond specks.
www.singinst.org /intro/nanotech.html   (1660 words)

 What is Nanotechnology?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
As nanotechnology became an accepted concept, the meaning of the word shifted to encompass the simpler kinds of nanometer-scale technology.
The power of nanotechnology can be encapsulated in an apparently simple device called a personal nanofactory that may sit on your countertop or desktop.
Nanotechnology not only will allow making many high-quality products at very low cost, but it will allow making new nanofactories at the same low cost and at the same rapid speed.
www.crnano.org /whatis.htm   (1065 words)

 Nanotechnology-Science Tracer Bullet-Library of Congress
Nanotechnology is defined in K. Eric Drexler’s Engines of Creation as a ”technology based on the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules to build structures to complex, atomic specifications.” Since nano- signifies one billionth, one nanometer is one billionth of a meter.
Nanotechnology is concerned either with reducing the size of materials to nanometer size, or more generally, with individual atoms and molecules or groups of them.
Nanotechnology, which is based on biology and physics, provides for the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules to produce materials with precise, predictable properties.
www.loc.gov /rr/scitech/tracer-bullets/nanotechnologytb.html   (1634 words)

 Molecular Torch: Exploring Nanotechnology Encyclopedia
This is a Nanotechnology blog dedicated to the continuing evolution and development of nanocrystals in chemistry, engineering, physics and biology.
The blog is intended to be collegial in nature and a meeting point for those in academia and in industry to interact, discuss topics and applications, build collaborations and partnerships.
Nanotechnology: "Exploring Nanotechnology, 3rd tome of the Nanopolis' encyclopedia series, was conceived to provide an understanding of nanotechnology and its implications.
www.moleculartorch.com /2005/03/exploring-nanotechnology-encyclopedia.html   (294 words)

 Nanotechnology Is BIG at NIST
As the nation’s premier measurement laboratory, NIST is a key contributor to the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), a long-term federal effort to speed the advance of the emerging fields of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
Even before nanotechnology became a buzzword, NIST scientists and engineers were moving to address the inevitable need to measure and control processes at molecular levels.
Nanotechnology is both the means to an end—an enabler of accomplishments in a truly diverse mix of science and engineering fields—and, perhaps, the end in and of itself—a revolution in industry that will deliver wave after wave of innovative products and services.
www.nist.gov /public_affairs/nanotech.htm   (5682 words)

 The New Atlantis - A Journal of Technology and Society
Nanotechnology is especially appealing to those in the growing ranks of what Charles T. Rubin, in the previous issue of this journal, usefully dubbed the “extinctionist project”: the transhumanists, posthumanists, extropians, and others who seek to completely remake human nature.
Nanotechnology is central to their vision of a future of agelessness, immortality, and rebirth.
Nanotechnology education is most needed in newsrooms across the country and in the halls of the Capitol itself: We need reporters who know what they’re talking about and who ask the right questions, and we need political leaders who can guide us through the confusing and potentially perilous times ahead.
www.thenewatlantis.com /archive/2/keiper.htm   (7056 words)

Nanotechnology is the postulated ability to manufacture objects and structures with atomic precision, literally atom by atom.
This is one of the most promising and dramatic applications of nanotechnology, closely related to research in life extension and cryonics.
Nanotechnology is extremely powerful, and if developed will play a central role in the survival of humanity - or its extinction.
www.aleph.se /Trans/Tech/Nanotech   (1137 words)

 Institute for Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology, the science and technology of precisely controlling the structure of matter at the molecular level, is widely viewed as the most significant technological frontier currently being explored.
At the forefront of this new scientific frontier, the Institute for Nanotechnology was established as an umbrella organization for the multimillion dollar nanotechnology research efforts at Northwestern University.
The role of the Institute is to support meaningful efforts in nanotechnology, house state-of-the-art nanomaterials characterization facilities, and nucleate individual and group efforts aimed at addressing and solving key problems in nanotechnology.
www.nanotechnology.northwestern.edu   (261 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Nanotechnology Will Work"
Within a few decades, we will use these nanomachines to manufacture consumer goods at the molecular level, piecing together one atom or molecule at a time to make baseballs, telephones and cars.
As televisions, airplanes and computers revolutionized the world in the last century, scientists claim that nanotechnology will have an even more profound effect on the next century.
Nanotechnology is an umbrella term that covers many areas of research dealing with objects that are measured in nanometers.
www.howstuffworks.com /nanotechnology.htm   (274 words)

Nanotechnology and Nanoscience As part of the Nanotechnology and Nanoscience study the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering have produced a website which explains more about the study and how the it is being carried out.
Nanotechnology and Nanoscience In June 2003, the UK government commissioned the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering to carry out an independent study to investigate the potential benefits and possible problems associated with nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology is an all-embracing term for various aspects of science and technology involved in the study, manipulation and control of individual atoms and molecules and#8211; making it possible to build machines on the scale of human cells or create materials and products with and#8216;nano-scaleand#8217; structures conferring highly desirable properties.
www.bioethicsanddisability.org /nanotechnology.html   (7814 words)

Nanotechnology is concerned with materials and systems whose structures and components exhibit novel and significantly improved physical, chemical and biological properties, phenomena and processes because of their small nanoscale size.
Nanotechnology is fundamentally changing the way materials and devices will be produced in the future, including ceramics, metals, polymers, and their composites.
The reported Federal Government expenditure for nanotechnology in fiscal year 1997 was $116 M (WTEC Study, 1998; Nanotechnology as defined there only included work to generate and use nanostructures and nanodevices; it did not include the simple observation and description of phenomena at the nanoscale that is part of nanoscience).
www.house.gov /science/smalley_062299.htm   (6485 words)

 nanotechnology - a definition from Whatis.com
Nanotechnology, or, as it is sometimes called, molecular manufacturing, is a branch of engineering that deals with the design and manufacture of extremely small electronic circuits and mechanical devices built at the molecular level of matter.
Nanotechnology holds promise in the quest for ever-more-powerful computers and communications devices.
Two concepts associated with nanotechnology are positional assembly and self-replication.
whatis.techtarget.com /definition/0,,sid9_gci213444,00.html   (368 words)

It's worth pointing out that the word "nanotechnology" has become very popular and is used to describe many types of research where the characteristic dimensions are less than about 1,000 nanometers.
Nanotechnology and medicine discusses some of the possible medical applications of nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology in manufacturing by John Walker, part of a talk he gave in 1990 at the Autodesk technology forum.
www.zyvex.com /nano   (2301 words)

 Nanotechnology and Medicine
Nanotechnology, "the manufacturing technology of the 21st century," should let us economically build a broad range of complex molecular machines (including, not incidentally, molecular computers).
With nanotechnology (and indeed, to some extent with current STM and AFM technologies, though rather more expensively) it should be feasible to scan the tissue surface in molecular detail, and store that information in a computer.
Nanotechnology should permit the manufacture of a large number of small devices, each able to analyze a small volume.
www.zyvex.com /nanotech/nanotechAndMedicine.html   (4608 words)

 LiveScience.com - Nanotechnology, Nanotechnology Research, Science Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is defined as the science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules, or the branch of engineering that deals with things smaller than 100 nanometers.
Nanotechnology is an extension of the field of materials science.
The term Nanotechnology is also often used to describe the interdisciplinary fields of science devoted to the study of the nanoscale phenomena utilized in Nanotechnology.
www.livescience.com /nanotechnology   (234 words)

 Australian Government | Invest Australia - Technology Australia
Significant numbers of multinational corporations and foreign government agencies are investing in the development and commercialisation of breakthrough Australian nanotechnologies.
Australian nanotechnology expertise is broad, with niche expertise in Materials, Nano-Biotechnology, Electronics and Photonics, Energy and Environment, and Quantum Computing.
’s nanotechnology networks are integrated through a range of formal and informal linkages for corporations and other organisations.
www.nanotechnology.gov.au   (225 words)

 Nanotechnology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
The mission of the Center for Transportation Nanotechnology at Northwestern University is to advance the education and research frontiers of nanotechnology as applied to the transportation sector.
TNI is a state-wide effort to bring nanotechnology companies, researchers, and funding together to create an environment conducive to the rapid commercialization of nanotechnology in Texas.
NCCR Network (CH) Nanoscale Science as a National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) is a long-term interdisciplinary research effort focusing on nanoscale structures and aiming to provide new impact and ideas for the life sciences, for the sustainable use of resources, and for information and communication.
www.ivcon.com /mon/nano.shtml   (3858 words)

 Nanotechnology Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Integration of basic MEMS components is bridging the gap between micro- and nanotechnology.
For instance, in order to understand and fabricate molecular assembly lines or carry out single molecule reactions in vessicles it is useful to tweak some fundamental units such as temperature.
Nanotechnology seeks to do just that, but is based on a more modern model of matter.
www.quantumcad.com   (387 words)

 Nanotechnology - Foresight Nanotech Institute
Today, with the basic framework of public understanding in place, we are refocusing our efforts on guiding nanotechnology research, public policy and education to address the critical challenges facing humanity.
They are interested in ensuring that the future of nanotechnology unfolds for the benefit of all.
Foresight is dedicated to fostering nanotechnologies that can make a significant contribution to solving critical challenges which humanity faces— Foresight Nanotechnology Challenges.
www.foresight.org   (522 words)

 Category:Nanotechnology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Articles and media on this topic in other Wikimedia projects can be found at: Commons Category Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology as a collective term refers to technological developments on the nanometer scale, usually 0.1-100 nm.
The main article for this category is Nanotechnology.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:Nanotechnology   (110 words)

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