from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The science and technology of building devices, such as electronic circuits, from single atoms and molecules.
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- n. the science and technology of creating nanoparticles and of manufacturing machines which have sizes within the range of nanometres
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The manipulation or construction of objects with sizes in the nanometer range or smaller.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of engineering that deals with things smaller than 100 nanometers (especially with the manipulation of individual molecules)
And the term "nanotechnology" is broad and encompasses many different techniques and ambitions, which, some on the panel argued, make generalisation, for good or bad, unhelpful.
The innovation within nanotechnology is what has allowed the nanoantennas to be efficiently embedded to absorb energy in a flexible and inexpensive material.
A recent survey conducted by members of the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School found that eight out of ten Americans have no clear understanding of the term nanotechnology - however, nine out of ten hold an opinion about its benefits and risks.
"All the advice I get," Willets said, "is that behind the word 'nanotechnology' there is a range of nanotechnologies, with different risks and in different sectors, which do not require an equal level of regulation."
Harris & Harris Group focuses solely in making initial investments in "tiny" technologies, which it defines as nanotechnology and microsystems.
They were right about the quarks, so maybe nanotechnology is the next great thing: maybe we should all shrink down to being only .000001 millimetres tall and thereby conserve natural resources?
[The Harrit study] “provides provides indisputable evidence that a highly engineered explosive called nano-thermite was found in the dust of all three buildings that came down on 9/11 2001 in New York city. [sic] This advanced explosive incorporating nanotechnology is only available to sophisticated military labs.”
My gut answer to your question is no it's not possible to identify them, not in nanotechnology or elsewhere.
All nanotechnology is good for is a plot line in science fiction stories.
Is Federal funding for research in nanotechnology justified?