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"Nano nano!" The alien character on the sitcom Mork and Mindy used to greet people with these words years ago, but today we're hearing the word "nano" again—this time in reference to a growing new area of scientific research.

Nanoscience describes the research focused on learning more about the unique and potentially useful properties that occur on the nanoscale, where dimensions are in the range of one billionth of a meter. In this issue, we talk with Bill Rogers, the first leader of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Nanoscience and Technology Initiative to better understand the significance of this research and its potential future applications.

While nanotechnologies might not make their mark on our daily lives immediately, Pacific Northwest also is delivering breakthrough science and technology that solve today's real-life problems. We've included a few examples in this magazine, such as a software tool that allows people in different locations to work together efficiently, a system to help facilities significantly lower their operations and maintenance expenses and technologies that help the U.S. Department of Energy clean up contaminated sites and meet its environmental quality mission.

Links to look for

  • For more information about tools that make it easier for people to collaborate regardless of their location, as featured in "Software tools making it easy to be apart but work together," see (URL no longer active)
  • Visit for details about how a central heating plant at a U.S. Marine base reduced its operations and maintenance costs by installing DSOM, the software described in "Diagnostics software powers the bottom line."
  • To look deeper into the story, "Going deep for research," read this article,, which appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Sept. 1, 2000, and highlights Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's efforts to propagate underwater vegetation that provides a home for sea life.
  • If you'd like to know more about the energy-saving upgrades at the Gostomel glass factory that are described in "Ukraine project earns international recognition," go to

NOTE: The image on the cover, which represents how copper and oxygen molecules combine to form the nanodots described, is not drawn to scale.

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