The NSF, for instance, has built one search engine already that allows researchers on to cross-check NSF-funded projects against patent databases, he said. This will soon be made available to the public. Other search engines will also be developed.
Figuring out what??s going on remains one of the challenges in the field. Nanotechnology refers to building components that measure 100 nanometers or less. In many situations, that means a fairly limited number of atoms. Nano inventions will likely become relevant in electronics, medicine, materials and other fields, and often experts in these fields don??t communicate much.
Ezio Andreta, director of nanotechnology for the European Commission, meanwhile explained why there is so much buzz about nano these days: it??s because developing nations are taking over a lot of traditional fields.
??In order for advanced countries to survive, they realize they need to increase the value of their products,?? he said.