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.
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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
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