Have Yourself A Merry 'Nano' Christmas!

Nanotechnology Holiday Gifts

Nov 27, 2006, 00:00 ET from Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Tell a friend you are buying them a
 nanotechnology gift for the holidays, and visions of Star Trek collectables
 or geeky electronic toys start to dance in their heads. But nanotechnology
 gifts can include everything from fleece jackets and gloves from the Lands'
 End(TM) catalogue -- with Nano-Tex(R) Resists Static treatment -- to an
 Apollo Diamond(R) engagement ring.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061127/DCM035 )
     For do-it-yourselfers, there are Black & Decker's DeWalt cordless power
 tools, with a powerful nanotech battery. Children wish for Apple's(R) iPod
 Nano(R). Twentysomethings may think the ideal present for their first
 apartment kitchen is a set of FresherLonger(TM) Miracle Food Storage
 containers by Sharper Image(R), infused with naturally antibacterial silver
 nanoparticles which makers claim help fruits, vegetables, cheeses and even
 raspberries stay fresh longer. Or, they may want the Babolat(R) NS(TM) Tour
 Tennis Racket, with carbon nanotubes used to stiffen key areas of the
 racquet head and shaft, which the company touts as 100 times more rigid
 than steel and 6 times lighter!
     According to recent polls, the majority of Americans have heard little
 or nothing about nanotechnology. But last year, according to Lux Research,
 nanotechnology was incorporated into more than $30 billion in manufactured
 goods. By 2014, an estimated $2.6 trillion in global manufactured goods
 will incorporate nanotechnology.
     To learn more about nanotechnology and about the more than 350
 manufacturer-identified nanotechnology consumer products currently being
 sold in department and hardware stores, pharmacies, and catalogues, check
 out the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies free online inventory:
     This first and largest publicly available inventory of nanotechnology
 consumer products is newly updated with almost 70 percent more
 nanotechnology consumer products than when it was first launched in March
 2006. Nanoscale silver is now the most often identified nanomaterial used
 in consumer products in the inventory. The number of products containing
 nano-engineered silver has nearly doubled in eight months. The second
 highest nanoscale material cited by manufacturers is carbon, including
 carbon nanotubes and fullerenes, up almost 35 percent.
     Nanotechnology is the ability to measure, see, manipulate and
 manufacture things usually between 1 and 100 nanometers (nm). A nanometer
 is one billionth of a meter. A human hair is roughly 100,000 nanometers
 wide. The limit of the human eye's capacity to see without a microscope is
 about 10,000 nm.
     The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies is an initiative launched by
 the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and The Pew Charitable
 Trusts in 2005. It is dedicated to helping business, government and the
 public anticipate and manage possible health and environmental implications
 of nanotechnology.
     For information about the Center, visit http://www.wilsoncenter.org.
 For media inquiries, contact Sharon McCarter, (202) 691-4016.

SOURCE Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars