The natural process of self-assembly can be used to manufacture large quantities of very, very small things.
Self-assembly is a process by which molecules and cells form themselves into specific, ordered structures under the right conditions.
Self-assembly can be used by scientists to create objects on the nano-scale.
Nano is very, very small.
Nanoscientists learn about and make things that are too small to see.
Researchers in the field of nanotechnology are studying self-assembly in order to create new materials and technologies.
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