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Orders of magnitude

Posted by Jose Carlos on November 01, 2004

"Companies with just a toehold in the field of nanotechnology thus eagerly embrace their nano side.
For example, U.S. Global Aerospace provides
security devices for passenger and
military vehicles. After it developed a secure
cockpit door that used nanofiber technology,
company executives quickly changed
the firm’s name to U.S. Global Nanospace,
a shrinkage of 14 orders of magnitude."

Please, can anyone explain what these 14 orders of magnitude are about? Thanks.

Jose Carlos