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August 18th, 2009

Everyday nanotechnology

Abstract:
Nanobots don't yet scrub clogged arteries, but nano-particles are improving many ordinary products.

Long the stuff of hype and occasional hysteria, nanotechnology is quietly merging into modern life, its minuscule particles infused in an array of products, ranging from stink-proof socks to life-saving cancer medications.

The technology today underlies some $200 billion worth of workaday items, some prescribed by doctors but most sold directly off retail shelves. From a gleam in the eye of a few far-seeing scientists, nanotech has leapt with little fanfare to shopping centers and workplaces.

"It's not yet a mainstream technology, but it's becoming one," said Michael Holman, research director for Lux Research, a Boston firm that analyzes budding technologies.

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