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Nanotechnology: The Power of Small

As companies invest billions of dollars in nanotechnology—from consumer products to medical applications—public awareness of these promising new forms of science remains dramatically low. Since its inception in 2005, the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN), supported by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, has researched and released reports on the growing list of nanotechnology products and their accompanying benefits as well as some of the potential environmental and health risks.

Where Will the Science of Today Lead Us Tomorrow?

Sandwiched somewhere between generations X and Y, I am just old enough to remember when rotary dialing, UHF TV and 78 rpm vinyl were current technologies. This was a time before VCRs and microwave ovens, when "surfing the web" was a feat accomplished only by an arachnophilic superhero clad in a blue and red unitard.

Consumers Talk Nano

WASHINGTON, DC-—The Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, in collaboration with Consumers Union—publishers of Consumer Reports magazine and Consumer Reports Online— announces a major effort to reach out to the American public and engage them in an important online conversation about the possible risks and benefits of nanotechnology and consumer products.

Nanotechnology Now Used in Nearly 500 Everyday Products

Mapping the New U.S. NanoMetro Economy

Nanotechnology and the World

Nanotechnology is a field of intense international competition. The ability to measure, manipulate, and manufacture materials at the nanoscale has led governments and corporations worldwide to invest almost $10 billion a year in nanotechnology research and development. As a result, nanotechnology was incorporated into more than $30 billion in manufactured goods in 2005 and by 2014 this figure is projected to reach $2.6 trillion.

The Promise of Nanotechnology

The Wilson Center launched the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies in 2005 to help jumpstart and shape the nation's understanding of nanotechnologies and to aid policymakers in assessing industry and government readiness to manage its implications. The Project is an initiative of the Wilson Center and The Pew Charitable Trusts, which just extended its commitment to the Project with an additional $3 million over the next two years.

New Podcasts and Newsletter Look to the Future of Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology's many anticipated benefits will arrive in waves of innovation, beginning with today's stain-resistant clothing and other first-generation applications and extending decades into the future, when extraordinarily advanced products, from self-repairing tissues to quantum computers, may become practical.