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Nanotech products proliferating

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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The number of consumer goods with claims to nanotechnology has more than doubled from 212 to 475 in the 14 months since the Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) launched its online inventory of manufacturer-identified nanotech goods in March 2006, PEN announces June 4. Nanoscale silver - found in 20% of the goods listed - is the most common nanomaterial used; carbon - including carbon nanotubes and fullerenes - is the second-most-used material, PEN says. The U.S. leads nanotech use internationally, manufacturing 52% of the products listed, though East Asia now boasts 123 products, a 58% increase over last year, PEN states. "The use of nanotechnology in consumer products and industrial applications is growing rapidly, with the products listed in the inventory showing just the tip of the iceberg," PEN Science Advisor Andrew Maynard remarks...
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