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Unformatted text preview: 1 Kim Kluesner Michael Flatt Nanoscience Feb. 14, 2008 Nanometer as an Arbitrary Length Although we are far off from using the nanometer in ways which we use meters and inches, there is still reason for the nanometer. It may be a decade upon decades before the general public uses the nanometer, but the nanometer still has potential in technology. I believe that the nanometer is an arbitrary length for scientific phenomena that will contribute to advancements in scientific technologies as our knowledge below the micron level increases. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter, which is drastically smaller than the head of a pin, and even smaller than an individual blood cell. Today the nanometer is mainly observed in its own field called nanotechnology. 1 According to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), nanotechnology is the creation of functional materials, devices, and systems through control of matter on the nanometer (1 to 100+ nm) length scale and the exploitation of novel properties and phenomena developed at that scale. The possibilities for nanotechnology are endless, however only some are possible with the technology that we have today. 2 A few of 1 1 http://www.lanl.gov/mst/nano/definition.html 2 2 http://science.howstuffworks.com/nanotechnology3.htm 2 these applications of the nanometer are: almost transparent sunscreen, self-cleaning glass, UV protective clothing, scratch-resistant coatings, antimicrobial bandages, and improved swimming pool cleaners....
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