You have likely heard of nanotechnology, but may have very little idea as to what it’s about and just how it applies to you. Nanotechnology makes life easier for all of us; it’s not simply the stuff of science fiction. Fundamentally, nanotechnology is the science of dealing with matter on an atomic scale.

The practical side of nanotechnology
As an illustration, Science Daily ran a feature story about scientists developing a way to use nanotechnology to lessen the level of friction in car engines and machines. If this technology becomes widespread, it can help extend 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 an amazing ability to reduce friction.

More efficient motors
The story noted that even when these particles were distributed at a low concentration, they boasted more effective friction-reducing abilities than the friction reducing additives used by lots of industries today. The scientists learned that these particles, measuring just nanometers in size, were able to reduce friction by 55 percent more than additives presently can. Expect more discoveries such as this in the future. The field of nanotechnology keeps growing. It’s growing so quickly, in fact, that the United States recently released a national strategy for making sure that environmental, health, and safety research needs are identified and addressed in the field.

The emerging world of nanotechnology
If you believe, then, that nanotechnology is only good for Hollywood special effects blockbusters; just take a close look at your car’s engine. Eventually, nanotechnology could leave you with an engine that utilizes less gas. That, of course, can give you a fatter wallet, and you’ll be able to thank nanotechnology for this.