You have probably heard about nanotechnology, but may have very little idea as to what it’s about and exactly how it relates to you. Nanotechnology makes life easier for all of us; it’s not merely the stuff of science fiction. Essentially, nanotechnology is the science of working with matter on an atomic scale.

The practical side of nanotechnology

As an example, Science Daily ran a feature story about scientists creating a method to use nanotechnology to reduce the amount of friction in car engines and machines. If this technology becomes widespread, it will help lengthen the lives of machines and engines and help them operate more effectively. According to the Science Daily story, a team of scientists created tiny polymer particles that were dispersed in automobile engine base oils. When tested under conditions that simulated those found in car engines, these tiny particles were found to have a unprecedented ability to reduce friction.

More efficient motors

There are friction-reducing additives used by many industries today, however when these tiny polymer particles were released at a low concentration they were able to reduce friction by 55 percent more than common additives currently can. As the field of nanotechnology continues to grow we can expect more breakthroughs like this.

The emerging world of nanotechnology

If you feel, then, that nanotechnology is only good for Hollywood special effects blockbusters; just take a close look at your car’s engine. One day, nanotechnology could leave you with an engine that uses less gas. That, obviously, can leave you with a fatter wallet, and you’ll be able to thank nanotechnology for this.

 

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