November 19, 2008

The Big Question: What is nanotechnology, and do we put the world at risk by adopting it?

By Steve Connor, Science Editor. The Independent.
Thursday, 13 November 2008

Why are we asking this question now? The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution has just published a report on novel materials and has looked at the case of nanotechnology, which describes the science of the very small. Nanotechnology covers those man-made materials or objects that are about a thousand times smaller than the microtechnology we use routinely, such as the silicon chips of computers.

Nanotechnology derives its name from the nanometre, which is a billionth of a metre. To get some measure of the scale of the materials and devices we are talking about, a human hair is about 80,000 nanometres wide.

Should we be concerned about nanotechnology?

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