the study of manipulating matter on the atomic and molecular scale, using particles that measure in nanometers, which are one billionth of a meter.

How do we use nanotechnology?

  • Band-Aids have a nano-coating of silver to help wounds heal more quickly. That's because silver has anti-bacterial properties that work even better with the increased surface area that nanoparticles provide.
  • When you use some types of toothpaste the nanoparticles of hydroxyapatitea calcium-based mineral found in bones will fill in microscopic cracks in your enamel and keep them cavity-free.
  • Nanotechnology is also key in the X-System line of scent-eliminating hunting apparel and body wipes.

Nanotechnology in the fishing industry

Being able to create and manipulate different materials on such a small scale has led to advances in the fishing industry not seen before.The first area in fishing equipment to use nanotech was in fishing rods. By using nano materials to bond the graphite fibers together in rods, manufacturers like St. Croix, G. Loomis and Abu Garcia are able to make rods that are much lighter and more sensitive than before, but up to 30% stronger than other rods using the same type of graphite. This technology comes with a price however- the 3M Matrix material is expensive—expect to pay $300-$500 for a St. Croix or G. Loomis rod using this resin.

Strom fishing lures use a special nano-coating to create an iridescent holographic color that changes according to the viewing angle (as opposed to traditional lures, which tend to reflect light from only one direction).

*Each lure costs approximately $25 dollars

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