The Future is Now

Nanotechnology might sound futuristic, but the truth is you probably used it three times before you walked out your door this morning. According to, over 800 everyday commercial products currently rely on <a href=>nanotech</a>. Here's a glimpse of where it's hiding (trust us, you'll never look at toothpaste or condoms the same way ever again).


That Band-Aid covering your two-year-old's boo-boo has 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.


Brush certain types of toothpaste across your pearly whites, and nanoparticles of hydroxyl apatitea calcium-based mineral found in boneswill fill in microscopic cracks in your enamel and keep them cavity-free. <br><br> [<a href=>Nanotech Dental Filling Kills Bacteria, Strengthens Teeth</a>]<br><br>


Smartphones use nanotech in a variety of ways, and one of the most ingenious is a nano-engineered accelerometer that tracks the phone's motion for games and safety. Yes, your iPhone knows when you drop it and shuts down parts of its system for protection, says Robert Geer, Ph.D., a Professor of Nanoscale Science at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, New York. So, although the 'Gorilla' glass might crack, the nanochips inside keep plugging along. One iPhone even survived a fall from a skydiver's pocket in 2011 and was used to make a call from the ground!

Chocolate shake

Imagine a milk shake that tastes even more chocolaty without the sugar. It's already out there in the form of Slim Shakes by RBC Life Sciences. The drinks' NanoClusters of cocoa have greater surface area, so that once they hit your taste buds, they pack a more intense punch without the need for added sweeteners.

Tennis balls

Tennis balls lose their bounce because their rubber core is gas permeable and loses air over time (which is also why balloons deflate). To combat this, Wilson started coating these cores in a nano-clay composite that makes them more airtight and allows them to last longer on the courts.

Car paint

Mercedes owners need no longer fear about scratches on their car, since nanoparticles of paint act like a layer of microscopic marbles, filling in any gouges to its surface.

Stain-resistant clothes

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Aluminum oxide, the active ingredient in sunblock that absorbs UV rays, degrades when mixed with other molecules like the sweat on your skin. Put these active ingredients into a nano-emulsion, however, and they remain distinct from their surroundings and maintain their UV-absorbing powers.

Canola oil

A lot of proteins and vitamins aren't water-soluble, so it's hard to add them to food. But break them up into nanodrops, and the problem is solved. A canola oil by Shemen Industries has nanodrops of phytosterols that help keep cholesterol levels low, so you can eat fried chicken all day, every day without suffering the consequences.


Yes, nanotech has even entered the bedroom in the form of a nano-foam in condoms. The foam's nanoparticles of silver destroy bacteria and help curb the spread of STDs. <br><br> <li><a href=>10 Sci-Fi Predictions That Came True</a> <li><a href=>Top 10 Life-Changing Inventions</a> <li><a href=>10 Building Materials from the Future</a></li>

10 Ways You're Using Nanotech Right Now (And Don't Even Know It)