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September 8th, 2012

Public Awareness of Nanotechnology Continues to Dwindle

Abstract:
The numbers are in again and it seems that Americans are still largely ignorant of nanotechnology's existence.

Five years ago the Project on Emerging Technology commissioned a poll to determine the awareness of nanotechnology among the U.S. population. At the time, there was surprise that only 6 percent of Americans had "heard a lot" about nanotechnology, down from 10 percent in 2006.

It seems that in the years since, the number has slipped even further. Only 5 percent of the population now claims to have "heard a lot" about nanotechnology. It seems that a seemingly endless parade of public outreach projects hasn't raised the nation's nano-consciousness.

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