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Good things come in small packages -- really, really small packages. Somewhat paradoxically, nanotech is getting bigger all the time. How much do you know about the finer details? (We bet you know -- or can guess -- more than you'd think!)

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1. Nano is a prefix meaning "extremely small." When quantifiable, it translates to one-billionth. Nano comes from a Greek word meaning:
a. flea
b. dwarf
c. grandmother
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2. Admiral Grace Hopper famously used segments of wire to illustrate how far an electrical signal could travel in a nanosecond. How long were the pieces of wire?
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3. Paul Saffo of the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California, believes nanotech-based analog computing will be "the foundational technology of the next decade." We know that digital data has two possible states. In theory, how many states can analog data have?
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4. Because of its soccer ball-like shape, the fullerene is named for Buckminster Fuller (It's also sometimes called a "buckytube."). What structure is Fuller most famous for inventing?
a. the geodesic dome
b. the wind tunnel
c. the virtual reality CAVE
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5. Optimally, atomic storage would store a bit of data in a single atom. How many atoms might a single grain of sand hold?
a. ten million
b. ten billion
c. ten million billion
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6. In nanotechnology, this is a process in which devices whose diameters are of atomic scale, on the order of nanometers, create copies of themselves. What is it?
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7. In Michael Crichton's novel Prey , the scenario in Question 6 goes horribly awry. What is the term for that catastrophic, nanorobot-created situation?
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8. Molecular manufacturing deals with the design and manufacture of electronic circuits and mechanical devices built at the molecular level of matter. What is molecular manufacturing better known as?
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9. A qubit is a particle so small that the addition or removal of a single electron changes its properties in some useful way. What is qubit short for?
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10. Spintronics is an emerging field of nanoscale electronics involving the detection and manipulation of the spin of this subatomic particle. What is it?
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