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July 1st, 2007

How much nanotech is in your life already?

Abstract:
The burgeoning field of nanotechnology - the engineering of invisibly small particles to create new materials not found in nature - has been said to herald "the next industrial revolution."

But how much nanotech is showing up in your life already? Earth & Sky spoke with Christine Peterson, Vice President of the Foresight Nanotech Institute. The nanotech that you probably notice most, she said, is its contribution to new materials.

Christine Peterson: These are just new substances to make old products with. And what we're seeing are new coatings for automobiles, lighter weight materials to build transportation systems from. We're beginning to see some advances in solar cells. People are most familiar, perhaps, with the new sunscreens. Probably we've all used them.

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