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News Release 08-215

New Studies Reveal Differing Perceptions of Nature-Altering Science

Religion and culture shape views of nanotechnology

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Photo from within a flattened, twisted carbon nanotube.

Nanotechnology, which alters the fundamentals of nature by manipulating matter on an atomic or molecular scale, is becoming a larger presence in everyday life through its use in more than a thousand products ranging from solar panels, scratch-resistant automobile paint to enhanced golf clubs. Even so, cultural and religious beliefs give rise to differing views of its acceptability. This is 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 material science.

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

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