List of nanotechnology advanced products already at a super market near you

Miller Lite

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Clay nanoparticles allow Miller Brewing to bottle its beer in plastic containers. The tiny reinforcements keep oxygen out and hold carbon dioxide in, which prevents the brewed beverage from spoiling. But consumer activists are concerned that nanoparticles in food packaging could also be a safety concern, even if they do come from something as innocuous as dirt.

Liquidoff

The most advanced water and dirt repellent agent in the market. A competitor to never wet.

NFORCE

 

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When a heavy bullet slams into soft body armor, it can cause a lot of damage even without penetrating the fabric. If that armor is coated with Nanorepel, the force will spread out over a much wider area, in effect cushioning the blow. At the moment of impact, a thin layer of organic molecules on the surface of each fiber freezes up, locking the sturdy strands in place. A company called First Choice Armor is using that technology in its N-Force line of vests, which hit the market in the summer of ’08.

 

Nutri-nano

Solgar’s exclusive Nutri-Nano Co-Q-10 is the most bioavailable form of Co-Q-10. It is shown to be more bioavailable than traditional Co-Q-10 and has been shown to be absorbed faster and more efficiently. The inclusion of Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) makes it a powerful anti-oxidant and cell protector. It was formulated with patent-protected and award winning technology.

 

Drilling Tools by DeWALT

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As an everyday rechargeable battery releases energy, lithium ions wiggle out from a cobalt oxide cathode and race through a membrane to a carbon anode. Those devices are low in power, wear out quickly, and run the risk of catching fire or exploding.

MIT researcher Yet-Ming Chiang solved all of those problems by replacing the positive electrode with nanoparticles of a new material,lithium iron phosphate, which allows the ions to swiftly slip out and return just as quickly during a recharge cycle. Black and Decker and DeWalt have started using the batteries in high-end power tools, and they may appear in the Chevy Volt electric car by 2010.

 

NanoPolish

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If you coat your car in an ordinary polish, it will be covered with swirl marks and possibly an unsightly gloss or haze. By formulating their product with bits of carnauba (palm-tree wax) that are only nanometers wide, automotive cosmetics maker Eagle One says it’s able to make a coating that always goes on clear.

Since the carnauba wax particles are tremendously small, they appear transparent. Their minuscule size also lets them fill the tiniest flaws and adhere strongly to paint. Sunblock manufacturers accomplish the same trick using zinc oxide.

 

Pregnancy Test Kit – First Response

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Gold nanoparticles can make the pink “get ready to be a parent” mark on home pregnancy tests much easier to read. When a woman gets pregnant, her body immediately starts making the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). As the potential mother urinates into a sample-collection area and the pee migrates to a test strip, some of the antibody-coated gold nanoparticles on the strip latch onto the hCG, migrate up the paper, and collect at an indicator line. If the chemical is not present in her urine, all of the pink nanoparticles will drift up the strip, past the pregnancy-indicator line to a second marker.

 

Tennis Equipment

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Quick Clot

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Nosebleeds can last for hours, but a bandage that has been infused with aluminosilicate nanoparticles–just roll it up and jam it in your nose–can stop them almost immediately. The inorganic specks, which are derived from kaolin clay, trigger the body’s natural clotting process. For years doctors have used the same substance to test their patients’ blood-clotting ability.

Two chemists at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Sarah Baker and April Sawvel, realized that the material could be used to halt severe bleeding. Their mentor, Galen Stucky, filed a patent and worked with Z-Medica to develop a product that can save wounded soldiers. The technology just hit the civilian market this year.

 

 

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