How Nanotech is Improving Consumer Goods

As you know, I'm a big fan of nanotechnology, largely because the benefits it promises are truly astounding. Already, the first wave of nanotechnology is doing all sorts of wonderful things to improve consumer goods and you may not even be aware of it.

  • Nanotechnology is revolutionizing sports by packing something extra between carbon atoms to make tennis racquets stronger while staying lighter.
  • If you're a golfer, you may want to check out nano-coated golf balls that soar faster through the air.
  • Maybe, you prefer to fight the growth of mold and mildew in your home or even block electromagnetic fields (EMFs) with the help of a household paint.

Nevertheless, some of the uses for nanotechnology described in this interesting article -- lip gloss, food storage containers and canola oil -- are very disturbing because some of them may be potentially hazardous to your body, as EPA researchers recently found with titania, a nanotech material used in some suncreens.

Columbia University News Service May 2, 2006

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