“Nanotechnology” is not just one thing. In a sense, it is everything.

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By now, you have likely seen the term “nanotechnology” in print and digital media, or heard it mentioned on more than one occasion. In fact, you may have even noticed that the term seems to be used more frequently in the past several years as it increasingly becomes a part of our daily lives. But what is nanotechnology exactly?

Responding with a clear succinct answer is difficult because “nanotechnology” is not just one thing. In a sense, it is everything. Everything is composed of matter; nanotechnology is the science of manipulating matter to achieve desired properties. Learn how it’s used, in everything from stained glass to cosmetics to cancer treatments and how this is creating a demand for skilled technicians.

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