To illustrate this scale, one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter, approximately one-thousandth the width of a human hair.
Nanotechnology is one area of research and development that is truly multidisciplinary.
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The emerging fields of nano engineering affords the ability to work at the molecular level, atom by atom, to create structures with fundamentally new properties and functions, essentially providing unforeseen powers to understand and control the basic building blocks of all natural and man-made things.
On the 7th June 2005, the European Commission adopted the Action Plan "Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009" (COM(2005) 243).
This Action Plan defines a series of articulated and interconnected actions for the immediate implementation of a safe, integrated and responsible strategy for nanosciences and nanotechnologies, based on the priority areas identified in the above-mentioned Communication.
That Drexler has pushed an idea which is actually impossible has not deterred nanotech fans, who get as upset as they usually do when an expert in a field they're talking about points out they're simply wrong, apparently from an emotional sunk cost fallacy.
Nanotechnology (often referred to as "nanotech") is the art of working on materials at the nanometer (one billionth of a meter) scale, hence the name.
There is no single unified thing that can be called "nanotechnology." Rather, many different technologies and industries are reaching the point where nanoscale operations are of interest.
Nanotechnology provides the foundation to build chips, one atom at a time, to create devices much smaller than those that can be manufactured using traditional semi-conductor processing methods.
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.