Physical and chemical processes happen on such size and time scales that we have difficulty seeing or even modeling them. Yet such processes are fundamental to the design of our universe. So, much like we try fitting into our society, workplaces, groups, etc., we continue learning to find the place of our greater existence.
Open ND (TM) was founded as a start-up company to commercialize environmental pollutant sensors based on materials other than the industry dominant gold and silver. It was possible due to an astonishing self-assembly of nanostructures. Once again, the rules of nature prevailed supreme to our efforts of step-wise process control of manufacturing methods.
This site maintains an anthology of interest in effective nanotech applications, impacts and governance. If a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil may cause a tornado in Texas, what potential do WE have?