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Nanotechnology has an established presence in everyday life.

Illustration of nanotubes


Nanotechnology, which alters the fundamentals of nature by manipulating matter on an atomic or molecular scale, is becoming a larger part of everyday life through its use in more than a thousand products ranging from solar panels and scratch-resistant automobile paint to enhanced golf clubs. This image shows a view from within a flattened, twisted carbon nanotube. Nanotubes are tiny tube-like structures that have unique electronic, thermal, and structural properties that make them potentially useful for nanotechnology, electronics, optics and other fields of materials science.

Credit: Vin Crespi, Pennsylvania State Physics. Distributed under the Creative Commons license

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