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Just give me the FAQ The next few paragraphs provide a brief introduction to the core concepts of nanotechnology, followed by links to further reading. Manufactured products are made from atoms. The properties of those products depend on how those atoms are arranged. If we rearrange the atoms in coal we can make diamond. If we rearrange the atoms in sand (and add a few other trace elements) we can make computer chips. If we rearrange the atoms in dirt, water and air we can make potatoes. Todays manufacturing methods are very crude at the molecular level. It's like trying to make things out of LEGO blocks with boxing gloves on your hands. In the future, nanotechnology (more specifically, molecular nanotechnology or MNT) will let us take off the boxing gloves. "Nanotechnology" has become something of a buzzword and is applied to many products and technologies that are often largely unrelated to molecular nanotechnology. Nanotechnology will let us: Some Frequently Asked Questions More Information Books

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What 11 Billion People Mean for the Planet by LiveScience Staff | November 19, 2013 07:49am ET Credit: Crowd image via Shutterstock. The human population is exploding. Earlier this year, the United Nations released a new report that said the global population was on pace to reach 11 billion people by the end of the century — a full 800 million more people than were expected by 2100 (with a range between 9 million and 13 million), and a whopping 4 billion more than call Earth home today.

Instant Elevator Music - Nyan Cat Progress Bar What?! Nyan Cat Progress Bar is an app that displays the Nyan Cat over the top of progress bars in Windows. The best way to describe it is a screenshot: Why?! I found a thread on Reddit asking for someone to develop a mod for Windows that replaced progress bars with Nyan Cat. Since Instant Elevator Music does quite a lot of what this hypothetical app would do (ie. it finds progress bars, and plays music), I thought that modifying it to be able to display a Nyan Cat on top of a progress bar would be fairly straight-forward. TOP 10 IMPOSSIBLE INVENTIONS THAT WORK « Revolutionizing Awareness Searl Effects Generator by Jeane Manning When Leonardo da Vinci sketched out an impossible invention, fifteenth-century scholars probably put him down.

Material Remains: The Perpetual Challenge of Garbage Editor’s note: The following is the introduction to a special e-publication called Conquering Garbage (click the link to see a table of contents). Published this month, the collection draws articles from the archives of Scientific American. Garbage is one of the oldest and most vexing of human creations. In early times, small-scale societies frequently relied on natural scavengers to make their discards disappear, but when trash accumulations grew too troublesome even for that convenient symbiosis, the entire community often pulled up stakes and moved. Ancient cities dealt with trash by building atop their detritus over the centuries (to the delight of today’s archaeologists).

Google Plus vs. Facebook: The Surprising Customer Satisfaction Index Results The July 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has just been released and the results are surprising to say the least. Although the report measured three different categories: social media, news sites and search engines, the social media findings were the most noteworthy, exposing social media websites as one of the lowest scoring industries in terms of weak user satisfaction. And the most disliked social site of the year is...

115-Year-Old Electric Car Gets Same 40 Miles Per Charge as Chevy Volt 115-Year-Old Electric Car Gets Same 40 Miles Per Charge as Chevy Volt October 15th, 2011 Via: Daily Caller: Meet the Roberts electric car. Fossil Fuel Use Continues to Rise Despite concerted global efforts to reduce carbon emissions through the expansion of clean and renewable energy resources, fossil fuels continued to dominate the global energy sector in 2012, according to new figures released yesterday by the Worldwatch Institute. Coal, natural gas and oil accounted for 87 percent of the world's primary energy consumption last year, the group reported in a new "Vital Signs Online" report. "The relative weight of these energy sources keeps shifting, although only slightly," states the report by researchers Milena Gonzalez and Matt Lucky, members of the Worldwatch Institute's climate and energy team. While the U.S. boom in shale gas helped push the fossil fuel's share of total global energy consumption from 23.8 to 23.9 percent, coal also increased its share, from 29.7 to 29.9 percent, as demand for coal-fired electricity remained strong across much of the developing world, including China and India, and parts of Europe.

Best Green Tech Concept Gadgets of 2009 Sticking a solar cell on any old gadget has been the trend for too long. Now we want to see ways in which incorporating solar power makes gear look good too. Shepeleff Stephen has come up with one possible solution with these headphones that will make you stand out yet not feel like complete dork while wearing them since they have a very edgy look. They're wide enough to capture a good amount of sunlight and large enough to be noise canceling, yet don't stand out too terribly much. Designs like this that put solar in practical places definitely score points with us, and this does exactly that. This is just one of many great concepts to come out of the gadget design world this year.

MIT researchers are printing solar cells on sheets of paper – Computer Chips & Hardware Technology Solar power is a great alternative energy source, but it’s unfortunately a rather expensive one. However, researchers at MIT are working on a new and less-expensive way to make solar cells which involves printing them directly on to fabric or paper. We’re not talking about any fancy paper or fabrics. Short-Term Gratification Proves an Obstacle to Climate Change Progress When nations that were parties to the Montreal Protocol agreed to completely end the production of ozone-depleting substances by 1992, the agreement led to the restoration of the ozone layer, which acts as a shield to protect all life from the sun's harmful radiation. Awareness and cooperation were vital to this accomplishment, says a new study examining human behavior and saying that these elements will be crucial to upcoming international negotiations toward mitigating climate change. The Montreal Protocol is a promising example, said Jennifer Jacquet, a clinical assistant professor in New York University's Environmental Studies Program and the lead author of the study, recently published in Nature Climate Change. "Almost everything is related to this issue of timing and the way we frame it," Jacquet said.