What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is the direct manipulation of atoms and molecules at the atomic level, the nanometer.
What is a nanometer?
One billionth of a meter, or the size of an average molecule, or ten hydrogen atoms stacked end to end .
One grain of sand is approximately 200,000 nanometers in diameter.
The average human hair is about 100,000 nanometers thick.
Nanotechnology, in practical terms, means smaller, cheaper, cleaner, faster, stronger, quieter, more efficient, and less waste.
Nature works at the nano level. Where we traditionally have crudely manufactured materials on the large scale, nature has always formed its materials on the nano-scale. The cells of any living organism are complex chemical factories of nano-scale molecules. Life works at the nano level. Cell replication in particular is the self assembly of nano-scale materials.
Small towns, small businesses.
“Generally, 90% of all U.S. nanotechnology manufacturers have less than 100 employees and 65-70% have less than 20.” -Evan Michelson, Woodrow Wilson Center, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, September 15, 2005.
A small town such as Rushford can do nanotechnology and already is. Nanotech businesses bring living wage jobs to the rural community, attracting talented workers.
You can come back home to work.